You don’t need a new car to get plenty of in-car tech.
In-car technology can be a carrot to attract car buyers to brand new vehicles, but smart shoppers can gain all the important tech without signing up for a brand new vehicle.
Our friends over at Edmunds.com, a leading US car buyer advocate, say if car buyers look at vehicles that are two to three years old they can often get all the same technology offered in brand new models, but for significantly less money.
In-Car tech Commonly Found in Late Model Used Cars:
- Bluetooth (2009 or later)
- Reverse Cameras (2010 or later)
- Blind-Spot Monitoring (2013 or later)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (2013 or later)
- Dual-Zone Climate Control (2006 or later)
Edmunds.com Senior Consumer Advice Editor, Ron Montoya, says features such as Bluetooth, blind-spot monitoring and reverse cameras are readily found in pre-owned cars.
“Many shoppers will be surprised to learn how many used cars currently available are loaded with advanced technology,”
“Buyers looking at certified pre-owned cars or those in the two- to three-year-old range, for example, are very likely to find technology that’s comparable with what can be found on a new-car lot.”
The key to zeroing in on high-tech used cars is to identify the years when these technologies hit a critical mass. That way, shoppers can set a baseline model year to better manage their expectations of finding cars equipped with these technologies.