With the state of the economy today most people are opting for a used car instead of a new one. New cars drop almost twenty percent in value just by driving them off the lot which makes consumers go for a thrifty used car. But buying a used car can be totally different than buying a new one. There are some things that you want to avoid when buying a used car so you don’t get stuck with a lemon. Also, you don’t want to pay for repairs to a car that you just purchased. Which, maybe what you have to do if you’re not careful when buying a used car.
I know it’s been advertised a lot lately and with good reason. But a vehicle history report can show you so many things about a car that it may make your head spin. It can let you know if the car has ever had any serious accidents or flood damage. Or how many owners it had. A car that is often traded in on another car every six months or so may be a bad sign. Look over the vehicle history report and try to find things that may decrease the value of the vehicle.
Almost every used car dealer has some sort of inspection system. A 139 point inspection is given to every vehicle, some will boast, but do you really know what that inspection is all about. It’s always best to get a second opinion. Ask a local mechanic to check the car for you. You may have to pay a small fee but it’s better than getting stuck spending thousands of dollars on a car that won’t last.
Another tip is to beware of pushy sellers. I absolutely hate it when a salesman gets pushy and usually turns me off to whatever product they’re selling just by that attitude. But with cars, there maybe a reason why they are so pushy. Something might be wrong with the car that they want to move it quickly. Be extra careful with this. These few tips are just a starting point. Be sure to make out a list of the features and options that you want on the used car you are planning on purchasing to give you a better idea when you get to the dealership.