7 Tips for Buying a Used Car
Buying a used vehicles can be a confusing process for car shoppers. People tend to shy away from pulling the trigger, in fear their lack of knowledge will lead to a poor purchase. Fear no more, we have compiled a list of 7 tips to help you in your quest to buy confidently.
1. Set a strict budget– Decide how much you want to spend and stick to it. Whether you are looking through web platforms or going to a dealership, have a specific budget decided and make it clear you are only staying in that price range. This will help keep you from spending more than you wanted to.
2. Do your research– If you find a car you like make sure to check other sources for what it is really worth. Don’t take the first number you hear as the accurate one.
3. Take the car to your mechanic– Take the car to your mechanic before you make the purchase. Sometimes there are problems that were not obvious during a test drive.
4. Get the proper reports– Just because the seller promised the car was not a salvage and it looks to be in good condition does not mean it is. Get both a history and a safety report on the car before purchase.
5. Know the seller/dealership– If buying from a private party, see how the owner behaves. Do they seem trustworthy or sketchy like they would give you a bad deal. Trust your gut.
6. Don’t purchase the car immediately– Don’t get caught up in the moment. Make sure you get as much information on the car aside from its physical appearance as you can. Just because it may be less of a formal process compared to buying a new car does not mean it still isn’t a big purchase.
7. It’s OK to say no– Be ready to say no whether it is to a private party or an overly enthusiastic used car dealer. Especially if you have done all the suggested steps and spent a good chunk of your time and the previous owners time, be prepared to say the car did not work for you.