Nanine Kelly. Used Car. December 14th , 2020.
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.
Fluid leaks – Many people might overlook a small drop of oil or some other fluid here and there, but these are sure signs of potential future problems that will need to be addressed. A car that is running like it was designed to should not be leaking anything.
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.
5). Can I test drive this car? Of course, it would show signs of a scam if the owner were at all reluctant to let you take it for a spin. Pay more attention on how the car performs on hills, highways also in stop-and-go traffic. 6). Can I take this car to a mechanic? Usually for less than $100, you can easily get an expert to sniff out any less-than-obvious problems. Find a mechanic who is specialized in this kind of inspection by checking in the phone book below ”automotive diagnostic service.” 7). What is your best price for this vehicle? Once you have decided that the car passes the smell test, it is time to negotiate a deal. Perform your research first, and then be equipped to walk away if you know the seller’s lowest offer is excessively high.
Ownership – how many owners has the car had? Generally the less owners the better, and if you are buying from the original owner they will be able to tell you everything about the car’s history. Be wary if the owner is selling after having the car for a very short time – ask them why they are selling. Also, the type of owner can indicate how the car has been driven. Are you buying it from a woman or are you buying it from a 20 year old man? Mileage – how many miles has the car done? Does it equate to roughly 10,000 – 12,000 per year? If it is much higher, be aware the engine will have suffered more wear and tear so try to haggle the price down. Service History – Does the car have a full service history? Ask to see the Service book and check the records and make sure each service has been stamped by a garage.
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.
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