With an abundance of used cars and trucks available, scoring your perfect used car is definitely not a task to be bothered about. Some patience, and a bit of homework is all you need to buy the right car at a reasonable price. Rushing things brings no good. Following these steps will help you land a good used vehicle and enjoy the experience for years to come.
Research your purchase
An excellent way of gaining insight into the second hand cars you might be considering is to check automotive websites offering professional reviews and past owners’ experiences. Online forums too may discuss any issues like jerky transmissions or non-functional air conditioners. Look for the negative part online and only when you’re satisfied there isn’t much, should you proceed with considering the model.
Shop the less popular brands
The leading brands are likely to be at a premium, even for used cars. Search for the lesser-known yet competitive brands offering similar or perhaps a better selection of cars with features suiting your needs as well as budget. Keeping an open mind instead of fixating on one model may also help hunt a better bargain.
Word of mouth
Tell your friends and colleagues about wanting to buy a used car. They may have someone they know want to sell the exact model in mint condition. The deal may be a better bargain.
Have a budget in mind
It is essential you plan how much are you willing to spend on the car. If replacing your old car, consider selling it privately if you find a good deal. Even when dealing through a dealership, investing a couple of hundred dollars in car maintenance may fetch up to a thousand dollar more. That money will help increase your budget for your latest buy.
Take a close look
Inspect the car closely, scrutinizing every aspect. Look for signs of collision repairs or scratched of dysfunctional windows or interior features. A mildew smell may indicate water leak while glass fragments under seats may indicate accidental damage. Fresh undercoating may mask structural damages. Check the transmission fluid, motor oil, and any engine repairs to ensure that the car in question will not cause trouble later.
Drive it like you own it
Instead of driving a couple of minutes in the neighborhood block near the dealership, test drive the car for around an hour and try driving near locations you are most likely to visit regularly. This way you’d have better knowledge of transmission shifts, whether the drive is smooth, and the suspension. You must also test the air conditioner and check for any noises before closing the deal.
Get a history lesson
If the past owner did not get collision repairs done through insurance, the websites like AutoCheck, CarProof etc may not have details. Avoid buying a car from a different provide and have your insurance agent check using the VIN number for the history of the car. Also enquire about the insurance premium the model in question will cost you.
Befriend a technician
Once you know which model to buy, you must have a trusted mechanic inspect it. A professional inspection will help spot any collision damages that are not entirely repaired. They may also detect paint oversprays and unibody creases. There are garages that specialize in inspections of used cars.
With those tips considered, you’re likely to crack a great bargain and have the car of your choice within your budget. So make the purchase and enjoy your drive, without worrying of the depreciation.