Car Buying Tips

Staying Informed While Shopping Used Cars

The Decision to Buy Used

Have you decided to purchase a used car instead of new one? Congratulations! You’re already wiser than many prospective buyers. Opting for a used vehicle is a smart way to save money. Not only is it cheaper upfront, but you will pay less in insurance and taxes on a vehicle that has a few years behind it. That’s not to say that all used cars are created equal. It’s important to do your research on the particular vehicle (and the person selling it to you) to protect yourself and ensure that you’re getting a fair deal.

Do Your Research

Used car buying isn’t what it used to be…which is a good thing. Thanks to modern technology and tracking systems, it’s a lot easier to dig up details on the background of any vehicle that you’re thinking about buying. Using the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), you can find insight on previous accidents, repairs and registration history—meaning how many times the car has changed hands. For about $40 you can run a Carfax report to get more information and weigh your decision. If you have any concerns or would like a second opinion, ask a mechanic to give the car a general inspection. Taking the time to do your due diligence before you buy is imperative when selecting a used car.

Trust Your Used Car Salesman

Does that statement raise an eyebrow? Let’s face it, used car salespeople haven’t exactly earned the best reputation over the years. If you’re buying from an individual person (not a dealership) you have to be especially careful to get all the required documentation done right. Make sure there’s no money still owed on the vehicle. Don’t pay someone for a car that they don’t fully own. Have the title transferred directly from the seller to your name. Buying from a reputable dealership will alleviate trust concerns and offer a more seamless transaction. Someone whose livelihood depends on selling used cars is going to be more invested in making sure that you drive away as a happy customer. As long as you take ownership of being a responsible buyer, choosing a used car is one of the smartest financial decisions you could make.

by Anastasia Climan – Content Creator at Half Full Marketing

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