Jeanine Lilou. Used Car. March 18th , 2020.
1. Do your research. You don’t want to be stuck with a car that you don’t want. By simply doing your research before you go in, you will know what sort of car you want to be looking for and where you want to find it. 2. Find out about the car. Once you have decided on a car, join a forum and get to know the people there. These people have lived and breathed this car for years and know the ins and outs and the problems associated with the vehicle. Search around for some answers to your questions, and if you can’t find them, ask and see if anyone can help you out. More often than not, you will find some great people on forums who are going to give you great advice about the car you want. 3. Know your seller. You should find out all you can about the seller and why they are getting rid of the car. If they seem standoffish and just want it gone without any explanation, be wary. You don’t want to be stuck with their old problems and the more reliable they are with information, usually the better they have treated the car.
What do you need to remember when buying a car? Remember, it’s an investment, so make sure it is the right one. Most people tend to go for the look, the glitz, the engine and other such features. It is recommended to make an informed decision by taking all following aspects into account: Car History ==> Buying a used car can be difficult, and somewhat of a gamble. You can put the odds in your favor by knowing all you can know about the car’s history. This includes number of previous owners, if the car was involved in any accidents, any previous mechanical failures and its maintenance history. Ensure that car Odometer has not been tampered with ==> Simply look at the dashboards to see for marks, or if it is loose. This generally is a sign of tampering. Also look for service stickers under the hood or inside of the car. They will contain latest readings, and you can match them against the current read.
2). Replace old, worn tires. Aside from being a safety hazard, worn tires make the rest of your car look old. It’s like wearing a designer outfit with ratty old sneakers. Shiny new tires with fresh tread make for safer driving and a newer-looking car. 3). Keep an eye on the little things. It is easy for cars to fall victim to damaged or missing trim, old junky windshield wipers, or chipped mirrors as they get older. But, a few minor upgrades can make your car look years younger – without breaking your budget. 4). Make minor repairs. This is something that can really help secondhand cars – especially if you don’t know how the previous owner treated the car. Squeaky brakes, a thundering muffler, or flapping belts can make your car seem (and sound!) much older than it really is. As an added benefit, making some small repairs now can help prevent major expensive breakdowns later.
Now pretend that you keep your 2003 Toyota Camry or that you are the buyer this year that bought it for $6,000. You have no car payments, so if you get laid off from your job or have other temporary financial setbacks, there is no stress from the possibility of the car being taken by the repo man. Granted it’s a used car so we might need a little extra for repairs, let’s say $100 a month. You still need to get the oil changed and regular maintenance done on the car like the new car, but you don’t need to sweat over a few coffee spills on the upholstery or scratches and dings on the paint since you know the car will be worth little when you are ready to get rid of it anyway. Where will you be in six years if you sock away the extra $220 dollars a month in a rather lousy investment CD with a rate of one percent? You will have $16,000 in savings. That is surely plenty of money to buy another nicer and newer car.
Many people do not consider that they have a choice when buying an automobile they need for transportation. They assume since they usually buy new shoes and new underwear that a car is something that should be bought new also. In our culture if you don’t have enough money saved to buy something now, there are always plenty of hawkers of loans and credit to lend you the money to do so. Is this always the wisest thing to do? What if you owned a 2003 Toyota Camry, sold it this year for $6,000, and took the money and made a down payment on a new $24,000 car? You would have to finance $18,000. According to Yahoo, the current national average for a car loan is 5.75 percent, and government statistics inform us that the average car loan is for a period of more than four years. Let us say you finance the car for six years. Your monthly payment would be about $320 a month. Six years later you would have paid $23,000 out of pocket for the car and you will have only $6,000 to show for it if you took very good care of the car and are able to get that price when you resell it. That means no accidents, no eating or drinking in the car, and getting the oil changed and other maintenance taken care of on schedule, and keeping the mileage low to average. In other words, you will need to have a bit of luck and be very conscientious in taking care of your car if you want to get a good resale value on it six years later.
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.
The available types of cars at an auction will very. No particular car is guaranteed to be there because depending on the auction, the cars will come from various places. Government agencies, like police or FBI, auctions will get their cars from law enforcement related deals like impounds or seizures, or other places. Government auctions sometimes come from selling old government vehicles. Bank related auctions get their properties from repossessions. So the places the property comes from will vary and thus the selection will vary. However thanks to websites like the one promoted here you can sign up and research what auctions are available, where and when they will take place, and you can browse the available stock to see what types of cars there are. Then you pick a few, go to the auction and check them out, then bid your price on them. The beauty of buying at an auction is the prices. Often times cars are sold for half their blue book value, or even less. The process to buy from an auction is a bit more involved, but to save that much money is worth the time and effort. So buying an older car can be economic saving you money in both costs and gas, and it can help the environment at the same time. Good luck with your auction pursuits!
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