Buying a used car makes sense financially because someone else has already paid for most of its value. With number of cars available, you have to find one that suits your needs and fits your budget. Sometimes used cars can be heavily reason of roadside emergency, and you must have a mechanic in contact or have tow truck nearby.
Important points to consider before you start the buying process.
- Think about your needs for a car. Do you want high-tech features e.g. Bluetooth, WiFi etc..? How much trunk space do you need?
- Decide your budget for the car, taking into account car insurance and fuel costs to help determine your financing requirements
- Research cars on the website before finalizing your choice
- If you’re replacing your current car, sell it fast by listing it on web.
Tips to buy used cars:
- Do Research before purchasing
The propagation of automotive websites that offer professional reviews and post owners’ experiences is a helpful trend and is indeed an excellent way of gaining insight into the second-hand models you are searching for. Always look for any angry buzz online regarding your model before you step on the car lot.
- Shop the less popular brands
Everyone knows the leading brands that control premium second-hand prices. But why surrender to these mean market forces? There are other, lesser-known competitors that for a variety of reasons didn’t sell well — models that can give you similar quality and features for fewer prices. Some automakers made some very good models that were undersold and overlooked. Keep an open mind on such models. Also make sure to check car locks and its duplicate key.
- Word of mouth
Don’t underestimate the value of letting your friends and colleagues know you’re looking for a used car. It is a common phenomenon that someone always has some known person who wants to sell his/her mint-condition car. If you’re not picky, these often make the best deals, since sellers may not know the exact market value of their vehicle.
- Budget Estimation
It’s very important to know how much money you can spend on your next car. Unless your present ride is a recent model, there are chances that the dealer will be wholesaling it to another retailer and the wholesale value is all you’re going to get. Consider selling your present car privately. With a little bit maintenance and servicing you may get a couple thousand dollars more than the dealer would give you. That money can go a long way in helping you leverage your next automobile purchase.
- Dealer or Private sale?
New-car dealers are the best source for late-model used cars. Notoriously inconsistent (and expensive), they’ll send anything uncertain or with high mileage to a wholesaler or to auction. Independent lots buy their inventory at auction, which can be a jumble of good and bad. If the price is low, chances are it’s had an accident repair. Private sales are the wild card: you could get a dud from a curbside (who sells multiple vehicles posing as a private seller)
- Have a close look
Used cars are like snowflakes: no two are exactly the same, so examine each one carefully. Look for paint over spray on door seals, mufflers and wheel-well liners — a sure sign of collision repairs. You may find crushed glass fragments under the seats. A mildew smell indicates a stubborn water leak. Fresh undercoating may be masking recent structural repairs. Lit warning lamps may be a portent of expensive engine repairs. Motor oil that resembles a foamy milkshake often means there’s a blown head gasket or worse. The transmission fluid should be bright red or reddish brown; any darker and there may be problems.
- Take est Drive
Rather than a five-minute drive around the block, tell your sales rep you’re going to be on the road for a good 45-50 minutes drive. It’s usually enough time to take the vehicle on the highway where you can test the car’s structural integrity. Keep the radio off and listen carefully to various noises. Pay attention to how the transmission shifts and test the air conditioner. To assess it properly, drive it like you already own it. If the rep isn’t agreeable to giving you the vehicle for a good hour, then move forward and check some other dealer.