Remember These Four Tips Before Buying a Used Car

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A majority of people in the United States cannot afford to buy a brand new car, making finding and buying a decent used car quite a challenge. If you don’t know what to look for then you could end up getting a lemon or paying way too much for your fifth choice of vehicle.

Choose a Type of Car

First of all, be practical. think about your lifestyle whether you are single, married, have children or others you care for, what kind of activities you use your car for the most. If you just go to and from work and on short trips, a simple two- or four-door car will suffice. If you go camping with the family a couple times a month, consider choosing an SUV or at least a hatchback, something big enough to accompany everyone and everything.

Researching Your Top Three

After deciding on the type of vehicle, choose your top three — make sure they are all within your price range. Now dig into the stats. Check out Kelley Blue Book for all the information you need about gas mileage, features, approximate values, etc. This will help you find dealers or individual sellers that have a good asking price, or at least give you the right price point to avoid rip-offs.

Know the Specific Facts

All used cars are required to have a Buyers Guide, which will be explained to you directly by a good dealer, which will contain information in regards to warranty, inspection, and known problems associated with the vehicle. If this isn’t offered, ask your dealer.

Read Reviews

If you really want to learn the truth behind a car, turn to consumers. Salesmen just want to get their commission. Consumer reviews will tend to mention the same issues like common mechanical and performance issues. This will save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.

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  1. When buying a used car from an individual, remember that you’ll need to be insured before you drive the car.

  2. My son is going to be turning 16 soon, and my husband and I are trying to find a used, yet reliable, car for him to drive once he gets his license. Before reading this, I hadn’t thought about turning to consumers for information on a car. This is a really good tip because the information they’ll give will come directly from experience which is a great way to see if a car or dealer is reliable. I’ll be sure to use these tips when getting him the car!

  3. My wife and I have talked about shopping for used vehicles as a way to upgrade our current car situation. I’m glad that you talked about being able to do some research on your top three used vehicles, and make sure that they are within your price range. I’m going to have to do a little research and we can decide on what used vehicles would be best for us! Thank you!

  4. Digging into the stats of the cars is so important. I’m looking to buy a used car soon. The type of vehicle I’m not familiar with so we will be looking into the specs and stats a lot. Great advice

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