Francina Maïssa. Used Car. March 07th , 2021.
There is a big concern these days about going green; caring for the environment. One of the biggest forms of pollution is cars simply because there are so many of them. Hundreds of millions of cars are running all day long, every day of the year. Some cars are newer and have better controls built in so they run cleaner and get better millage. However a lot of cars are still very old and run poorly. I’m sure many people would love to get a new car but a lot of times they are not affordable. Newer cars can be expensive. Newer ’green’ cars such as hybrids and natural gas cars tend to be even more expensive than your average base model car. So what can a person do to drive a newer car, get better millage, help reduce pollution, and save money? One answer, believe it or not, is to get a used car from an auction. Government auctions happen all the time and are a great place to find used vehicles. These used cars for auction are not your run down old junkers. No, they instead tend to be newer cars usually from within the past 10 years or less.
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.
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.
Price – How much are they asking for the car? Make sure you are paying a fair price – have a look on websites like Auto Trader to get an idea of what other sellers in your area are asking for the same car. Can you haggle the price down? Whether you’re buying the car as your main family car, or a little run-around, you want to make sure the car you are buying is reliable and dependable, and that you are paying a fair price. If after inspecting the car you are still unsure about it, the AA provide a Vehicle Inspection service where, for a fee, they will undertake a full safety check of the car to give you peace of mind.
So when you see someone driving a new car just look at them to say silly!! Now when looking for a used car you need to decide what you are after, this sounds obvious but for many people this is not. Do you want a 4×4 or a people carrier maybe you fancy a sporty two seaters but maybe you just want a normal family car. Once you have decided on the car you are after you need to consider the budget you have, whether you take out a car loan or whether you pay cash you need to have a budget. If you are taking out a car loan then you need to consider how much you can afford to re pay on the loan and the best advice is you need to think if you can afford the repayments if you do not work. If you can’t then maybe you should re think your budget.
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.
Before you go and buy your first used car, there are certain questions you should be prepared to ask. Make sure that before you make a purchase, you have all of the information you need to guarantee you do not end up with a lemon or a car you are just not satisfied with. Here are a few things you will want to make sure to find out before purchasing a used car: Know your price range. To determine the price range for your new vehicle, you must remember to factor in license plates, registration for the vehicle, taxes, and insurance costs. A lot of these costs vary depending on the age and type of vehicle you drive. Another thing to consider is that if you go out and look at cars that are not within your set budget, you will make the cars you can afford pale in comparison. Also, in order to get the car you want, you may sacrifice quality and end up with a car that does not run nearly as well as one that was within your predetermined price range.
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