Buying a used car can feel like an extremely long , tiring and difficult process, especially when it comes up unexpectedly. This article will help you a bit with the process as I go over five different things you should know to do when buying a used car.
1. Research, Research, Research
Before you consider making any purchase or even really looking to deeply into any vehicle, you need to make sure you perfrom adequate research. You should not only research the features and type of car you want, but should also do some in depth reading on the different makes and models of cars to see what satisfies your needs. It is also a good idea to read up on customer complaints on models you are considering to make sure they are reliable and free of major issues.
2. Crunch the Numbers
It is important to consider to the pros and cons of each vehicle. Compare things like the engine type, fuel efficiency, price, mileage and more between the various models you are considering. Also, if there is anything wrong with the car it is also a good idea to factor that in when you crunch the numbers on which vehicle makes the most sense to you.
3. Test Drives are Key
It is never a good idea to buy a car before you test drive it. A car could score very highly on all your needs and such on paper, but you will never know whether the car is right for you unless you take it for a drive. The test drive not only gets you accustomed to the feel, look and functionality of the car, but also can be a great way to see if you see or hear anything wrong with the vehicle.
4. Get it Inspected
Before putting in an offer or purchasing your potential new vehicle, it is a great idea to have it inspected by a trusted mechanic of your choosing. These inspections will run you a fraction of the cost of the actual car (usually can be under 100 dollars) and will go a long way in really determining how good the car is. These mechanics will test and observe a number of things on the car such as oil, brakes, suspension, tires and more to ensure that it is a solid car or whether you should avoid it.
5. Negotiate Correctly
When it comes to a used car, most people will be flexible when it comes to price. Private sellers are normally easier to buy from and will likely move a bit if you negotiate whereas dealerships may be tougher. They will likely still move, but not as much. If you buy from a dealership, a good tip is to try and get other things such as free oil changes or car detailing in lieu of a big discount in the actual price. A good negotiating tactic is to offer them something well below what you are willing to pay (without being offensive) in hopes they will come down on their offer and hopefully meet you right around what you are willing to pay.