When it's time to purchase a vehicle, a big part of the decision is whether to get a brand-new or used one. Both options have their pros and cons, but it can make a world of sense to go with a used vehicle, even if you're not on a strict budget. Since Volkswagen is known for build quality, you can count on having a lot of years left in one you've bought secondhand.

The Volkswagen Golf has an especially strong preowned market because it's a unique vehicle with an enthusiastic following of drivers who want something a little different, whether it's the retro hatchback quality, the added zip, or an opportunity to get a car with a manual transmission. The interested demographic is mostly young people on a budget, and competition for preowned Golf inventory can be stiff. Below, we'll take a look at why buying a used Volkswagen Golf might be the best route for you, whether or not you're in that target market.

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Why Buy a Used Volkswagen Golf?

There are plenty of reasons why it's a good idea to purchase a used Volkswagen Golf rather than a brand-new one. To start, used ones are much less expensive than brand-new ones, plus they help you save money in other ways throughout your years of ownership. For instance, the secondhand car's insurance premium will be less because its valuation is lower since it's no longer brand-new. If you pay excise tax (property tax) where you live, that will be lower as well since it is also based on total valuation. These lower payments can save you significant money year after year while you're still driving a dependable car in fine condition with extended warranty coverage.

When you choose a used Golf you can also get more bells and whistles for your money, in the sense that the additional cost for a higher trim level may not be as much as stark as the price difference between trims when the car was new. Smart shoppers can find a loaded used Volkswagen Golf for a lower payment than a brand-new Golf with less equipment and fewer options.


Certified Pre-Owned Volkswagens

The goal of Volkswagen's certified pre-owned (CPO) program is to give shoppers the utmost confidence in their purchase along with the satisfaction of years of worry-free driving. All Volkswagen CPO vehicles first must pass a comprehensive 100+ point dealer inspection and - if necessary - reconditioning process. Buyers receive a free CARFAX vehicle history report that details the car's ownership history. For the ultimate confidence in these CPO purchases, Volkswagen certified pre-owned vehicles also come with model-specific comprehensive limited warranties, which can be up to 2 years/unlimited miles for qualifying vehicles. Volkswagen also provides two years of 24-hour roadside assistance with every CPO purchase.

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