Best Reasons to Buy a Used Maserati
There are plenty of reasons to own a used Maserati. No, you’re not insane for agreeing with that idea. For starters, a used Maserati is still a Maserati. You’ll still be driving around in a luxurious and high-performing vehicle. Some might consider a used Maserati to be outdated, but that’s all a matter of perspective. Is a year or two really considered to be outdated? How much can really change in that timeframe? Even five years old might not be outdated for some people. Regardless, there are perks to owning an “outdated” car.
If you are buying a used Maserati, it’s safe to say you won’t be getting it for a daily driver. This means you’ll be getting it for performance, and in three years not much changed for the Quattroporte in that area. It hasn’t changed much in terms of comfort or design either. So, why not grab this financial opportunity the original owner provided? Because the price of used cars are way cheaper than new cars, thanks to the depreciation value.
The Appreciation of Depreciation!
Well, in this case depreciation can be appreciated. The price difference between a used Maserati and a new Maserati is almost astronomical. This is because of depreciation; which is the value lost on the car after it leaves the lot. Typically, a car will lose the biggest percentage of its value in the first one to three years, then decrease slower from that point on. With prestige vehicles like Maseratis, the one to three years is even more detrimental. For used buyers, this depreciation is the key for scoring a good deal. Say you found a 2013 Maserati Quattroporte sitting on a car lot somewhere for half the price of a 2016 one. It’s only three years old and still in good condition. Wouldn’t it make more sense to grab the used one instead?
Well, would you look at that! A used 2013 Maserati Quattroporte online for about half the price of the new 2016 Maserati. The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte S is $56,782 with only 28,208 miles on it. If that’s about half the price of a 2016 Quattroporte S, this means you’ve already saved 50 grand. The 2016 Quattroporte S costs anywhere from $99,900 to $141,500 depending on trim and options. The $99,000 is just for a bare Quattroporte S with no options or packages added. Like I said, the 2013 Maserati only has 28,208 miles (which is not a lot in the grand scheme of things) and is half the price of a new Quattroporte.
Options are another point of consideration. With any new car, these come at an additional cost, even more so in the luxury performance market. Here’s a scenario: say the 2013 Maserati for 50k is loaded with a couple of optional packages. Now, take the 2016 Quattroporte and buy it as a blank slate with no extra goodies.
I guarantee you the used Maserati will still be cheaper, which is a pretty big justification to simply ignore. Buy the 2016 Quattroporte with no features, or get an almost-new 2013 with multiple features and options. Plus, it’s only been three years. Nothing major could have changed in those three years.
It’s Still a Maserati
On the inside, the 2013 Maserati is still new enough to have the same type of luxurious feeling. It will have the same type of leather seats, the same type of sunroof, and the same type of steering wheel. There is only so much manufacturers can do to a car in three years. Maybe the upholstery is made from premium leather instead of superior leather now, and maybe the entertainment features have been upgraded a little bit, but that’s about it. Put it this way; it’s not a big enough change in luxury to warrant an additional 50k.
The new and used Maserati’s mentioned even have similar performance. The base engine in the 2013 Maserati is a 4.7-liter V6, and the base engine in the new Maserati is, what a surprise, another V6. While the V6 in the 2016 Maserati is a Twin Turbo and it may get slightly more fuel-efficiency because of that, it’s more still a performance-oriented vehicle. Fuel economy is the least of its worries, and horsepower is the major concern; and the horsepower is just as comparable between the two. The 2013 Maserati’s engine puts out 425 horsepower, and the 2016 puts out 410 horsepower. Given the horsepower between the comparable engines and fact the two models hold a similar design, they are still going to perform in relatively the same manner.
With today’s technology, modern vehicles are built to last for a long time. Most vehicles live for at least 100,000 miles. The 2013 Maserati is 3 years old and sitting under 30k miles, and still has plenty of life in it. Let’s face it, if your interested in a Quattroporte, chances are it’s not going to be your daily driver. With an average of 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway on the 2013, it’s meant for quick and fun drives on the highway, or a night out to the club. Not to get you back and forth to work each day. This means it has even more life in it than a daily driver, because it won’t be driven as much and the mileage will stay low. Less driving also means less wear and tear. In turn, meaning less repairs.
The wear and tear/repairs are the biggest worry with any used car, but are even less of a worry with a car like the Quattroporte. Since the previous owner put 28k miles on it over three years, chances are it’s still in pretty good shape (granting it was cared for properly). Not to mention, the 2013 Quattroporte I found online looks just as new and shiny as the 2016 Quattroporte.
The Point Is…
There really isn’t that big of a difference between the new Maserati and a used one. After five years there might be some major differences in performance or design, but not with the 2013 one found online. The point is, a three-year-old used Maserati Quattropote only costs half the price of a new 2016 one; and they both have very similar aspects.
I’m not bashing the newer Maserati Quattroporte, but the fact can’t be ignored that for half the price it’s possible to find a used Quattroporte that’s just as good.