Why Buy A Used Dodge Challenger?

In an automotive world awash in SUVs and pickup trucks, the Dodge Challenger is a fond throwback to an era when coupes were as common as sedans.  Add in modern engines and advanced technologies, and today’s Challenger is the ideal combination of performance, style, and uniqueness. Buying a used Dodge Challenger is even more appealing.  

In this article, we’ll look at the origins of the Challenger,  why a used Dodge Challenger for sale makes sense, and explore Challenger trims and features.

History of the Dodge Challenger

Hop into a time machine and head back to the 1960s.  Ford launched the Mustang in 1964 to huge success.  Realizing it was losing sales, General Motors hurriedly released the Chevrolet Camaro two years later.  In 1967, Ford adapted the Mustang into the Mercury Cougar, and GM used the Camaro to create the Pontiac Firebird.  But something was missing, a competitive offering from Chrysler.  It took a few years, but in 1970 the Dodge Challenger was released, and Mopar fans now had a sports coupe that could take on Ford and Chevy.

1970 Dodge Challenger
1970 Dodge Challenger

Dodge designed the Challenger to be larger and more spacious than the Mustang and Camaro, a tradition that carries on through today.  And, the Challenger was available with numerous engine options, another bit of heritage that Dodge still recognizes.

Unfortunately, the 1970s brought America’s first energy crisis and increasing emission regulations.  The country fell out of love with pony cars, and the Dodge Challenger was discontinued after 1974.  Despite its short existence, the original Challenger is a treasured example of a classic car among enthusiasts.

The Challenger was reborn in 1978 as a rebadged, four-cylinder Mistubishi, but car fans will gladly skip over these six years as a marketing error by Chrysler. 

Rebirth of the Dodge Challenger

Seeking to rekindle consumer fondness for the original Chrysler pony car, Dodge redesigned Challenger for the 2008 model year.  While clearly inspired by the Challenger of the 1970s, this new Dodge brought a crisp, modern design to a car brand that needed rejuvenation.  Equipped with only a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8, the entire first-year production run of the new Challenger sold out before the first one ever left the factory.

Dodge’s timing was perfect as Chrysler once again had an option to the ever-popular Mustang and the company got a jump start against the Camaro that was brought back to life for 2010.

With the pony car segment heating up, Dodge refreshed the Challenger for 2015.  The SRT-8 performance trim went away in favor of the SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat models.  The five-speed automatic transmission is replaced with an eight-speed automatic that improves performance and fuel economy.  In addition to a new grille that embraces the 1971 Challenger, the updated model now features quad-LED Halo headlamps and LED taillights.  Modern updates are also added inside, where the Challenger benefits from the well-regarded Uconnect infotainment system with available navigation.  

Buying A Used Dodge Challenger

While purchasing a used car is standard procedure for savvy shoppers, the Dodge Challenger makes a particularly appealing case for buyers looking for a coupe.  It begins with value.  Even when new, Challengers have relied on a simple formula of a lot of horsepower for the money.  Add in the depreciation that hits most new cars, and you’ll quickly answer “yes” to the question of “Should I buy a used Dodge Challenger?”

Also, consider there are practical aspects of Challenger ownership compared to the competition.  You’ll appreciate more significant trunk space over the Camaro. And, the Challenger has a spacious backseat that can comfortably carry two or three passengers.  Just try putting a child car seat in the back of that Ford!

Of course, no one can predict the future, but it’s clear to see that the automotive industry is embracing electric vehicles.  Recognizing this trend, a Dodge executive earlier this year predicted that the days of high-powered V8s are numbered.  While he offered no timeline about the demise of gas-fed horsepower, the EV revolution means that today’s Challenger might possibly be tomorrow’s collector car.

From efficient but still fun six-cylinder power to over-the-top Hellcat performance, a Challenger is about having something for everyone.  To make buying a used Dodge Challenger easier, let’s look at this car’s different configurations.

Dodge Challenger Engine Options

A Challenger hallmark has always been a choice of engines, and thankfully there isn’t a four-cylinder powerplant insight.  With that in mind, let’s dive into Challenger engine options.  There may be some output differences between models, which is while you’ll see a range in the horsepower (HP) information.  Also, we’re focused on Challengers since the 2015 model refresh.

Base Challengers come with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 303-305 HP.  While this may seem tame compared to the model’s other engine offerings, a zero to 60 time of 6.4 seconds is certainly respectable.

Of course, most people associate the Challenger with eight-cylinder power, and Dodge is more than happy to oblige.  Offering 372-375 HP, the 5.7-liter V-8 provides plenty of oomph.  Torque is healthy, too, at 400-410 lb-ft.

Challenger’s 6.4-liter V-8 steps owners up to a solid 485 HP and 475 lb-ft of torque.  

People buy a used Dodge Challenger Hellcat primarily for one reason: power.  Your “average” Hellcat features a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 making 707-717 HP and 650-656 lb-ft of torque.  Need we say more?  But of course, we will.  Extreme versions of the Hellcat provide over-the-top power.  How about 797 HP and 707 lb-ft of torque for the Hellcat Redeye, and horsepower gets bumped to 807 for the Hellcat Super Stock.

Dodge Challenger Models

While we’ve covered what goes under a Challenger’s hood, let’s look at the sometimes overwhelming choice of models (sometimes called trim levels).  As you go up the trim level, equipment, power, and price increase.  Again, we’re looking at models since 2015.  Also, expect some equipment differences between the same trim levels from different years.  Here’s an overview.

  • SXT:  The starter Challenger comes with a V-6 engine and an automatic transmission.  Other equipment includes keyless entry, power driver’s seat, Uconnect infotainment systems, and dual-zone climate control.  Depending on the year, the car’s rear-wheel-drive setup could be upgraded to an all-wheel-drive.
  • GT: This step up from the SXT includes all-wheel-drive, upgraded brakes, and larger tires (19-inch).  Cabin upgrades include leather upholstery (with heated seats in the front).
  • R/T:  V8 power in a Challenger begins with the R/T and its 5.7-liter engine.  This model also gets performance upgrades that include bigger brakes, a limited-slip differential, modified exhaust, and 20-inch wheels. Want to buy a used Dodge Challenger Scat Pack?  Then you’ll find that the R/T Scat Pack has the  6.4-liter V8 awaiting you under the hood along with a sport-tuned suspension, Brembo brakes, and rear spoiler, among other upgrades.

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  • SRT:  On top of the equipment in the R/T Scat Pack, the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 offers even beefier Brembo brakes as well as an adaptive suspension.  You’ll also find extra cabin goodies like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and an enhanced sound system.  When it comes to the SRT Hellcat, there’s only one thing to say: it’s got that supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood.

Keep in mind that you may come across additional trim levels with names like Plus, R/T Shaker, and R/T T/A.  These are variations of the above models with extra equipment or features.

Discover Our Selection of Used Dodge Challengers for Sale  Please note that our inventory changes frequently and is subject to prior sale.  Be sure to ask us about incoming used Dodge Challenger models.

Buying a Used Dodge Challenger at Trust Auto

At Trust Auto, Challengers are a favorite with both our staff and customers. We understand that this Dodge may not be for everyone, but for those that favor a non-SUV with performance and value, it’s the ideal car.  If car shopping involves a used Dodge Challenger for sale in Maryland, then Trust Auto Sales is the must-visit dealership.

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When your search calls for the best-used car dealership near me, Trust Auto in Sykesville is the answer.  From Baltimore and beyond, we’re the used car dealer that focuses on you.  Call or stop by today to explore our extensive selection of high-quality vehicles.

How to Buy a Used Tesla EV

If you’ve ever waited in line to buy gas, you’ve probably thought about switching to an electric vehicle (EV).  The same can be said if you drive a lot and are tired of ever-increasing fuel bills.  So, if an EV is on your mind, then no doubt Tesla is on the brain.  

Despite what you might think about Tesla’s outspoken CEO, you have to give Elon Musk credit for making EVs part of the everyday automotive dialogue. And, arguably, Tesla’s meteoric rise in popularity is changing the direction of almost every carmaker on the planet.  

Tesla’s formula for success not only includes a less maintenance-focused and more environmentally friendly transportation option, but these EVs are now the go-to choice for luxury car shoppers.    Despite a raging pandemic, Tesla sold more Model 3s last year (over 206,000 units) than any other luxury vehicle in the U.S.  Think about this for a moment.  This is a sedan outselling every luxury SUV on the market at a time when crossovers are red hot.  Even the Tesla Model S regularly outsells the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7-Series, and Audi A8 combined.

Advantages of a Tesla

Besides receiving tons of media coverage, Teslas are in demand for many reasons.

Better For The Environment: As can be said for all EVs, a lack of an internal combustion engine means no tailpipe emissions enter the atmosphere.  Less demand at the pump means fewer deliveries of gas to stations, so truck emissions are lowered as well.

Reduced Maintenance: While not maintenance-free, fewer components (like no gas-powered engine or conventional transmission) means less time getting your car serviced.  That means no more oil changes. 

It’s Cool:  If you like having the latest iPhone or Galaxy in your pocket, chances are you have an appreciation for the latest in technology.  Thanks to clever use of electronics for things like over-the-air upgrades, Tesla vehicles are smartphones on steroids.  And, even almost a decade after the launch of the Model S, a Tesla still turns heads.

It’s Convenient:  Think about how much time you’ve spent over the years pumping gas or waiting on an oil change.  That all goes away with a Tesla that can be charged at home or even work if there’s a handy EV charger nearby.  In addition, Tesla’s own Supercharger network is the pre-eminent charging platform for EVs, and it’s exclusive to Tesla vehicles.  

Benefits of Buy a Used Tesla SUV or Sedan

Savvy car shoppers have known for years that buying a late-model used vehicle is a great way to save money while taking advantage of newer automotive technology. And Teslas are no exception.

A Used Tesla Saves Money

 In most cases, a new car depreciates the second you drive it off the dealer’s lot.  So, buying a used Tesla Model 3, a used Tesla Model X, or another used Tesla takes advantage of this. However, keep in mind that because of Tesla’s in-demand status among car shoppers, the drop in depreciation is less than most other vehicles (but that helps with resale value, which we talk about below).

A Used Tesla Holds Its Value

As we mentioned, the value of most new cars sinks like a stone. However, thanks to high demand and advanced engineering, Teslas like the Model 3 may lose as little as ten percent of its new car value over three years, according to Car and Driver.  This means that even a used Tesla will hold its value better than most other cars, including different brands of EVs.  Trading in or selling your used Tesla down the road can still benefit you financially.  

A Used Tesla Is Well Cared For

Tesla drivers take pride in ownership.  Combine this element with reduced maintenance requirements, and used Teslas are more likely to be better looked after than conventional cars.

A Used Tesla Is Durable

Thanks to fewer moving parts, there are fewer things in a Tesla to experience problems.  Tesla vehicles are developed at the outset with longevity in mind.  Over-the-air updates can remotely correct situations that arise, and even the main battery is designed for years of trouble-free use.

Why Buy A Used Tesla Model S 

The Model S is Tesla’s first mass-market car (we’ll skip over the limited-run Roadster that preceded the Model S) and launched with great fanfare.  Unlike weirdly designed vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, the Model S came onto the automotive stage as a sleek luxury sedan that could hold its own against the best offerings from Germany and Japan.  First-generation models offered a range of about 250 miles per full charge, and this has steadily increased as some current-generation Model S cars can exceed 400 miles per charge.  The Autopilot advanced driver assistance system first appears in 2013 and enjoys a continuous cycle of improvements. Tesla offers all-wheel-drive as an option. Performance junkies drool over Model S acceleration, which can include an optional Ludicrous mode with a sub-3 second time for zero to 60 mph.

Check out this low-mileage used Tesla Model S for sale.

Why Buy A Used Tesla Model 3 

Touted as the first affordable Tesla, the mid-size Model 3 first hit the EV scene in 2017.  While still maintaining Tesla hallmarks like Autopilot and a center-mounted tablet in the dash, the car’s simpler approach kept pricing down (in some cases, half the price of the flagship Model S).  Tesla could now knock heads with the mid-tier gas-powered models from BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus.   Depending on the year and equipment, the range for the Model 3 is 215 miles to around 350 miles (for the long-range version equipped with all-wheel-drive/dual motors).  The Model 3 is no slouch in the acceleration department either, with the Performance version able to hit 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds.  Approaching one million units sold, the Model 3 is the best selling all-electric vehicle in history.

Why Buy A Used Tesla Model X 

First entering production in 2015, the Model X is Tesla’s second mainstream model. This EV SUV, or eSUV, increased the company’s wow factor by using gullwing (or Falcon Wing in Tesla terminology) doors for second- and third-row access.  Of course, many Model Xs are equipped with Autopilot and all-wheel-drive, among other features.  Early-year Model Xs in base trim have a 200-mile range, while newer versions of this eSUV max out with about 350 miles of range.

Why Buy A Used Tesla Model Y 

Tesla’s newest vehicle is the Model Y SUV (we’re still waiting on the Tesla Cybertruck) and is based mainly on the Model 3 sedan.  First deliveries of the Model Y began just as COVID-19 was hitting the U.S. Given this situation and the car’s overall newness, finding a used Tesla Model Y is challenging.   Model Y features and acceleration are similar to its Model 3 sibling.  Range begins at 244 miles for the base rear-wheel-drive Model Y to 326 miles for the all-wheel-drive Long Range edition. 

Check Out Our Selection of Used Teslas for Sale  Please note that our inventory changes frequently and is subject to prior sale.  Be sure to ask us about incoming used Tesla models.

Buying a Used Tesla at Trust Auto

Whether you are looking for a used Tesla Model 3 for sale or another used Tesla model, Trust Auto is the best used car dealership for your search.  Since 2010, our family-founded and local-operated dealership has been the source for high-quality used cars for Maryland and Virginia customers.  

Trust Auto Sales is the right-size used car dealership for you.  We’re large enough to have an extensive selection of premium used vehicles and small enough to know each customer’s unique needs and preferences.  Unlike big-box mega dealers, Trust Auto is the local connection for car buyers from Baltimore, Frederick, Northern Virginia, and beyond.

Discover how Trust Auto stands out among used car dealerships in Maryland.  Call or visit today and put your trust in us.