After a several seasons of hard working, you have finally managed to save some money for a car. Unfortunately, the amount of money is not nearly enough to buy a brand new car you’ve been dreaming of. So, you have to lower your expectations and make your dreams more realistic – something like a used car. Although buying a second hand car is a big financial decision, you can save yourself a bundle. Here are things you should know before buying a used car.
Do some serious research before final decision. Salesmen in dealerships simply adore customers with an I- just-want-to-look-around attitude and look at them like starving wolves. Be clear on your budget and know exactly what type of car you want. Don’t spend the last dollar on a car because there are things to consider such as gas, insurance, repairs and maintenance. Once you have done your research you will have the clear picture of what you want, so that predators in dealerships won’t be able to find a weak spot.
Good thing about vehicles from dealerships is a certain level of security provided by lemon law which refers to repurchasing of the vehicle in a case of some mechanical problems. Don’t get fooled with a salesman assuring you that the car has passed mechanical inspection, better bring a trusted independent mechanic to check it over.When you find a car that appeals to you, it is time for thorough inspection. A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) will help you check the vehicle’s history. Check every fender by bouncing the car up and down.
If you hear any creaks, it is a sign that vehicle has suspension issue. Try pushing the brake pedal to the maximum and if it’s not going entirely to the floor, the vehicle might has a breaking problem. Turn on each blinker, brake lights, wipers, horn and check how far steering wheel goes before wheels start to turn.Carefully inspect every inch of the interior for any damage like ragged seats or frayed carpeting. Be free to take a look underneath the car and check if there is any rust especially on the rails and wheels. Don’t forget to check fluids in reservoirs. In case that vehicle isn’t equipped with a spare tire and a lifter, your negotiation position is changing and you can demand a lower price.
Testing the car is definitely the most enjoyable part. Test driving will give you significant information about the car’s behavior on the road.If you don’t know a lot about cars, the best choice for you is a certified pre-owned vehicle. Those cars are inspected by a factory mechanic and come with extended warranty. This is the most reliable variation and it will give you a peace of mind, but sureness comes with the price which isn’t cheap.The most inexpensive way is to buy from a private party, but on the other hand this way is the most risky. If you are a car expert, you can probably find the best deal there is.