Seven Tips for Buying a Used Car

By Admin | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Seven Tips for Buying a Used Car

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Not everyone needs, wants, or can afford a new car, but it can be hard wading through all the options and challenges on a used vehicle to get exactly what you want. Check out the seven tips for buying a used car we’ve put together below to put you on the road to a successful used-car buying experience.

Know how much car you can afford

It’s smart to know your credit score and even get pre-approved for a loan before you ever go to the lot. That way you have a realistic idea of what kind of car you can afford and no one can talk you into financing or expense your budget can’t handle.

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Know what you want…and be ready to compromise

Thinking about what you need and want in a car before you shop (and being able to differentiate between the two) means that you won’t end up driving away in an awesome muscle car that won’t meet your family road trip and school carpool needs.
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Be prepared to be flexible with the details

While that cherry red car is certainly appealing, if it doesn’t have the other details you want you should walk away. On the other hand, if you find a car that’s perfect except for a truly awful paint color, it’s smart to take the features over the exterior.

Find a reputable dealer

Reading reviews and testimonials about the dealerships you are interested in ahead of time is a good way to make sure you end up with people who want to get you the right car, not people who want to get all your money.

Consider a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Certified Pre-Owned vehicles are a little more expensive than other used cars, but they have passed though an extensive inspection process before they even end up on the lot. This means that you don’t have to worry about the quality of the vehicle, just whether or not it has the features and capability that you want.

Be aware that the ticket price isn’t the only price

Remember that the price on the car isn’t the only price to be aware of. Warranty costs, interest, and maintenance can all add up and make an impact in your monthly payments.