Odelette Brune. Used Car. October 20th , 2020.
When you are looking to buy a used car, there are a few questions you should always ask the seller to make sure you are getting a good deal. There are some great bargains to be had out there, but how do you know if the car you are interested in is going to break down within 5 minutes of driving? You’ve had a good look at the car and everything looks ok, but are you really sure if the car is a good deal? To avoid being ripped off, make sure you ask the seller the following questions: Overview – Have a good look over the car. Check for bumps, dents and signs of rust and make sure to point anything you find out to the seller. Check that all the locks work and the petrol cap fits correctly. Have a look at the engine and asked if it has been changed in any way. Check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car matches the one on the Vehicle Registration Certificate.
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.
A used car can be a valuable asset if you know how to look after it. After all, not having to worry about an expensive car payment every month is nice! But, just because you own a used car doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a luxurious interior, or sparkling exterior. If you’ve decided to keep your used car around for awhile, take advantage of the following 5 tips. They will help your car look younger! 1). Wax your car twice a year. Have you ever seen a car with dull spots, rust, and faded paint? It makes the car look like an old clunker, even if it really isn’t that old! Regular waxing protects your car’s paint from the elements. Sun, snow, dust, and humidity can all do a number on your car. If you want to hang onto that new-car shine, invest in a good waxing every six months. And, if you really want to get fancy, you can have a body shop professionally remove all of the dents, dings, and scratches that are putting a damper on your car’s appearance.
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.
You might think that’s still a bit old. Not all old cars are that bad. Within the last 10 years or so regulations have been put in place to control emissions and get better gas millage. Some car companies like Toyota or Honda have been doing this all along regardless of laws. For example I drive a year 2000 honda civic. Its not the pinnacle of ’green’ technology but think on this I get around 25-30mpg. This car is now 9 years old. Many cars today can just match that, and some can’t even reach that high of millage. It also has always passed California smog check and emission checks. California is notorious for its strict emission control standards. So if it can pass those tests it’s a good, clean running car. And since the car is quite a few years old it’s not going to be all that expensive, especially if its found at an auction where you say how much you’re willing to buy it for.
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.
Beside are the 10 tips to buying a car: 1) There is a ”right time” to buy a car whether you know it or not. This is generally when the new models come in. New model cars usually come in between August and November, so by shopping for a car during these months you will be able to have access to the newest model cars available. 2) Do not feel pressured to buy a car. Salesmen always try to make you make a decision to buy now, and will try to persuade you to make an instant decision. 3) Ask salesmen about unadvertised sales that may be going on. 4) The internet is a great place to look for cars! You can sometimes find good deals without wasting your gas or having to deal with any pushy salesmen. 5) Be ready to negotiate the right price for you. Almost everywhere you go a car price is negotiable, so be your own agent and negotiate a price you can afford. 6) Don’t go to car dealerships on the weekend. This is when most people go to the dealership to buy a car, so you won’t get as good of a deal if you do this. Instead go during the middle of the week when salesmen are more eager to make a deal. 7) Go to car dealers toward the end of the month when dealers are trying to meet sales goals. 8) Bring someone with you that is knowledgeable about cars if you are inexperienced. 9) Take your time when making your purchase. Remember this is a major purchase, and you should not be talked into buying something that you do not want. 10) Have Fun! I hope these 10 tips to buying a car will help you to make a better informed purchase.
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