Courtney Evy. Used Car. January 17th , 2020.
Pick Your Car And Prepare To Negotiate. Most cars are priced to negotiate. There is usually about 10-15% reduction in price available, so you need to haggle for it. Again, bring someone with you who is familiar with the car buying process and will help you bargain for a better price. Consider Conditioning The Car On An Inspection. If the car is more than a couple thousand dollars, or really, even if it is less, you may want to make the sale contingent upon a clean inspection. You will need to factor this inspection into the budget and it can run you up to nearly a thousand dollars. However, the headache and frustration it may save you in the long run makes it worth it. Close The Deal and Drive Off In Your New Car. Try to pay for your car in a cashier’s check instead of cash. It is the same thing, but it leaves a paper trail. Make sure you have agreed upon everything and have a bill of sale in writing. You do not simply want a word of mouth agreement because you then have no proof of the sale or any changes they agreed to make after the sale.
The best way to avoid these potential money pit or safety problems is to get the first car inspected. There are a lot of car inspection services. out there to choose from. Some people even use friends or family to check out the car. No matter who you use; you should always have certain things checked out. These inspection points are a must know if you really want to ensure that the car you are going to buy is both worth the money asked and reliable and safe! Exterior Elements: Previous body work or repair – A sure sign that a car may have future issues is when you discover that body work has been repaired. Knowing this can save a lot of money in the future if issues arise that could have come from a previous accident. Tire condition and tread depth – A money saver for sure is knowing how long the tires will last before you will need new ones. Another important factor in checking tires is your safety and the control of the vehicle. So, to get out of danger you need to have a safety vehicle inspection.
Interior Points: Functionality of features and electrical components – There is nothing more irritating that trying to adjust a side mirror that has electronic controls and finding out that it does not work. The same goes for various lights in the dash and other important controls like the hazard lights. Evidence of Smoke or odors – For many of us a buying a car that was once smoked in is not a choice we would want to make. Same goes for other odors or spills. A car that has had a lot of food spilled or chemicals could cause health problems down the road. Under the Hood: Fluid levels and hoses and belts – While these may seem an easy thing to check yourself the question is whether or not you know where every belt, hose or fluid container is. Miss one and you might be walking home at some point or calling a tow truck!
These are hard times, no doubt for just about all of us. Let’s give some consideration to automobiles. There are people who have purchased new cars within the last couple of years. Sadly, since that time they have lost their jobs and can no longer afford to make a car payment in the neighborhood for $400+ per month. Before they know it, they find themselves getting their beautiful cars getting repossessed by the finance company. How embarrassing this can be for you with your neighbors, unless it has happened to them too. Now you do not have a car, your credit is ruined, you need a car, what are you to do? Maybe you have been unemployed or underemployed for a number of years. You know what tough times are all about. You wonder if that old clunker of yours is going to make it for another month or not. You don’t want to take your children in the car because if it breaks down on the road, it won’t be safe for the children. You need to get another car, but to get a bank loan and pay a lot of interest is just not possible for you. Where do you turn.
So who is the smarter consumer? Who is on their way to being able to always buy nice cars? Just from one or two times abstaining from borrowing money to buy a new car a consumer can have the money in the bank to buy all their cars new, if they so desire. Also, after a little time of driving an asset they own free and clear, consumers may find they like the way that feels, even if the car does not look showroom perfect. They say there is an air freshener you can buy for that new car smell. Also bear in mind that our calculations did not take into account the amount you can save every year on ad valorum taxes and insurance for less-than-new cars.
Accidents – Has the car been involved in any accidents? You can check this by contacting the DVLA as they have records of every car in their database. Reason for Sale – Are you buying from a private seller or a used car dealer? If it is a private sale, why is the owner selling? Ask them to be honest and admit any problems the car may have (e.g. oil leaks). Ask the seller if they have been happy with the car. Extras – What extras does the car have? (Air conditioning, electric windows, CD player etc) Check that they all work. Fuel Efficiency – Ask how many Miles per Gallon the car does. If you plan to drive the car over long distances you will want a car that is fuel efficient. Test Drive – Always take the car out for a test run to see how it handles. A test drive is a good way to see if the car has any problems.
4. Test drive. Never buy a car without trying it out first. Even though you may think that the car is right for you, if you test drive it and find out that it just doesn’t fit you right or that you don’t fit it, then you should start looking all over again. Also, be sure to listen to the car while you are on the test drive for any squeaks or rattles or problems. If you hear or feel anything, be sure to get the car checked out. 5. Inspect the car. It may help to bring along a mechanic (if you are not dealing with a dealership) or to bring the car to a mechanic you trust on the test drive. This way, you will really find out if there is anything wrong with the car and if not, then you are probably in the free and clear. 6. Get a car with a background. If the owner is worth anything, they will have a full catalog of paperwork detailing all of the problems and all of the fixes that have been made to the vehicle. If you go for a car from a private party, make sure it has its paperwork. The final bit of advice is to get a car you trust. If you are purchasing a car, you will want to get a car that you don’t always wonder about when you get in to drive it. Having a car that you feel great about is one of the joys of ownership. Just make sure that you find out all you can about the vehicle before you commit to it because you don’t want to make a huge mistake.
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