Smart Tips When Buying Used Cars
When looking for a used car one of the most important aspects of the hunt is to do research. This can be easily done online now. You can use a search engine and put in blue book value, and many sites will pop up showing you what the used value various vehicles are. Finding out the book value of used cars will allow you to figure out what used vehicles you can afford.
Where to find a quality, a used car is your next step. You can begin with the classified section of your local newspaper. Look for the vehicle you are interested in purchasing and visit the owner. Ask why they are selling the car, what repairs they have done and take the car out for a test drive.
Explore Auction Sites
If there are no cars, you are interested in listed in the classifieds look to see if there are any car auctions nearby that, you can attend. Some auctions are open to the public while others are not. Finding an auction that is selling fleet vehicles might allow you to find a quality vehicle.
Fleet or company vehicles are usually regularly maintained thus in good working condition. If you were interested in purchasing a vehicle from an auction, I would recommend attending a few auctions beforehand, so you know how the bidding process works. It is also helpful if you can get a good look at the vehicle and its history.
If you are not interested in auto auctions, you might try going to a dealership. Many dealerships these days sell not only a new car but also used cars. These used cars are likely to have low mileage and may be certified by the dealership to be in good working order. This type of used car might cost a little more than one purchased from a private seller but if it comes with a warranty or guarantees it could be well worth it.
If you still have not found your perfect used vehicle you can go online once again. This time you can search for a vehicle to buy. There are many sites dedicated to the selling of used cars.
Now that you have found a car that you are thinking of purchasing, you can do some more in-depth research. If you go to Carfax with the VIN of the vehicle in hand, you can find out information specific to the vehicle you are interested in purchasing. This site will allow you to request a vehicle history report of the vehicle with the VIN you supply.
There are various reports that you can buy from Carfax, but the basic one will usually include all the information you will need. The basic report costs around $25 and includes a title check, odometer check, problem check, and registration check. This will give you an idea about how many people previously owned the vehicle, if it had been in any accidents and if the odometer reading is correct amongst other things.
Get a Mechanic
If the car history report looks satisfactory to you can move onto finding a mechanic. You will want to find a reputable mechanic to inspect the vehicle and give you a report. It might cost you to have this done, but it will be money well spent. Even though a vehicle looks good and drives well on the test drive, this does not mean it is in perfect running condition. A mechanic will be able to check it over and give you a report on what, if any, repairs are likely to be needed in the near future.
If the mechanic has given you a good report on the vehicle, it is likely you have found your next car. If this is the case, you next need to begin negotiations with a dealer or private individual. Doing your research on the value of the used car this should not be difficult to do, and you should soon be driving away in your quality used vehicle.