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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.
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.
Under Carriage: Previous collision damage – Body work is one thing but repairs to the car’s frame or other under carriage elements should be a concern. While usually good such repairs can raise safety concerns in the future as well as affect the car’s overall life span! Rust – Rust can be a problem for any car. Cars that were located in humid areas or near the ocean should be of considerable concern for the fact that rust could lead to needed repairs of the exhaust system and other important frame elements. Test drive: Car handling – Many people when driving a car will only catch the obvious issues. There are many small but very important things that can happen during a test drive though that will indicate if the car is in good condition and running as smoothly as it should. Sounds – One of the best ways to tell if things are right is by the sounds the car will make during different performance tests. Unless you are an expert you will probably not pick up on most of these as they can easily be masked by the overall sound of the motor or road noise. To get safe you need to have motor vehicle inspection.
Depending on how long you have been driving, you will probably have had at least one car you have wanted to sell, and if you have ever tried to sell a car, you will certainly understand the minefield that is the used car market. There are many reasons why you may think to yourself ’I want to sell my car’; perhaps you want to buy a newer, or better, car; perhaps you have developed an environmental conscience and wish to ride a bike, or take public transport; or perhaps you simply need to raise a little capital in a short space of time, and think that selling your car would be the perfect way to do so.
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