Courtney Evy. Used Car. November 08th , 2020.
Many cities have a location where they have used cars for sale, frequently through government auctions. Some of these cars have been repossessed, some have been confiscated by the police, some have been abandoned, who knows. The government has assumed clear title on these cars, and about once a month, or depending on how quickly their lot fills up, they will place these vehicles up for sale. If you are a person who does not have much wisdom about cars, it would be prudent to check around among your friends/relatives to find someone who could go with you to the sale. In many cases, the day before the sale, the yard will be open for a couple of hours, and then the day of the sale, open early, so that you can walk through the cars and check out cars that might interest you. Once the bidding starts, they will pull a car up to the staging area and take bids. If you are the winning bidder, you must be able to pay a certain percentage down right then. This depends on the sale. (You will want to get the information ahead of time). Usually they will give you a day or so to come up with the rest of the money. They do not provide financing there. Good luck in searching for a car.
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.
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 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!
Question: Why are you selling the car? The answer to this question might not impact your decision, but it is a good idea to have the answer. Lets look at it this way, would you rather buy a car from someone who decided to upgrade to get more room for their kids or someone who says they wanted something better? Many sellers tend to answer this question quickly and on impulse so you should get an honest answer. Question: Can I come look at the car and take it for a test drive? If you are asking all of these questions over the phone or via email, you will want to ask this important question. It is always recommended that you take a vehicle for a test drive before deciding to buy. Just because a car looks good, it doesn’t necessarily mean it runs good or will be comfortable for you to drive. Run in the other direction if a seller keeps making excuses. The car might not run or they might not even have a car to sell (common with online scammers).
4). Advertise- To get your car sold, you must get the attention of potential buyers. And the main way to do it is to advertise. A simple ”for sale” tag on your car is sure to get the attention of interested onlookers. You can also post your car at classified ads, both in print and online forms. When posting an ad, make sure to add as many photos and details as possible. You can also try some creative means to get buyers’ attention towards your car such as exhibition videos. 5). Seal the deal- This is the part that some sellers fail to execute. When presenting a car to a potential buyer, make sure to put your best foot forward. Also, be open for negotiations, but steer clear from those trying to lowball you. Establishing rapport and making the buyer want the car more will also help your chances. Once the buyer bites, seal the deal, and both of you will walk away happy.
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.
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