Used cars have several advantages over new ones and one of the main considerations is value for the money. You can often get a great deal more car and features in a pre-owned model rather than in a brand-new vehicle. Shopping for a used auto can be a fairly simple task if you keep these tips in mind:
- Stick to your pre-determined budget, whether you will be paying cash or financing. Do not feel pressured to spend more than you can afford.
- Be open to similar vehicles that may be less expensive than your first choice. This can save you a lot of money.
- Do a little online shopping before visiting dealers. Compare prices between dealerships in your area.
- After narrowing your choices to 2 or 3, look at their vehicle history reports to gain insight on routine maintenance tasks, crash data, major repairs and recalls. This information can be accessed with each auto’s VIN or vehicle identification number.
- Test drive each car to assess condition, driving, comfort, operation of major and minor components, driver and passenger room. This is the best way to determine the best vehicle for you and if you are a good “fit” together.
- Request an independent mechanic to inspect the car. The extra cost for this service is well worth any insight he can offer about past, current and potential future vehicle issues.
- Rev up your negotiation skills. Be prepared to back up your statements with the sales staff to gain a lower price (this is where your price comparison shopping comes in handy).
- Carefully read all paperwork before signing. Be certain that you understand everything that you are agreeing to in the contract.
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