Buying a used car is not as easy as it may seem. There are a number of factors in buying a used car that you will need to consider. Millions of used cars change hands every year and some of these cars being sold may be less than desirable to own. How do you the buyer know which cars are sound and which ones to stay away from? I will attempt to offer some valuable information from my more than 40 years in the automotive repair business, that will hopefully be of value when it comes time to purchase a used car.
First and foremost you need to determine what the vehicle you are buying will be used for. Will it be for work, for play, for doodling around town, or will you use it to go on long trips?
In the next few minutes, I will give you ten suggestions on how to buy a used car without getting soaked.
1. HAVE A BUDGET. Know what you are willing to spend, and stick with it, no matter what. pay 10% down and have a plan to pay the car off in 3 years. That way the car won't be worn out and you can get a portion of your money back when you decide to trade up.
2. SELECT THE CAR THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU. Don't buy a Camaro if you have four children that needs to be driven to school on a daily basis. You might be taking several trips to school per day.
3. CHECK OWNERSHIP COSTS AND RELIABILITY. Let's face it some cars are more expensive to own than others. Some cars like to take up residence in a automotive repair facility. So do your homework, find out which cars normally require the least amount of repairs, and won't break the bank when they do require repair.
4. LOCATE QUALITY USED CARS. Don't go to a TOTE THE NOTE place to find a quality used car. Look for low mileage used cars, cars that have the service records to prove they have been serviced regularly.
5. DON'T PAY TO MUCH. Nothing worse than a sick hangover the next day because you paid way to much for a used car. Use the Internet and find out what you should be paying for the particular vehicle you are buying.
6. CHECK HISTORY REPORT. Some people think if they do this, and it's clean. everything is alright. That could not be farther from the truth. I am going to give you just one of many scenarios where an accident for instance has occurred with the vehicle' and the owner pays for the repairs himself' does not report it to his insurance company. Chances are, this vehicle report will show no record of the accident ever happening.
7. NEGOTIATE YOUR BEST PRICE. Never be afraid to haggle for the price you believe to be fair.
Use all the information on what you've learned the car is worth and don't be afraid to use it. Never let a car salesman intimidate you.
8. HAVE THE CAR INSPECTED BY A LICENSED TECHNICIAN. This is one of the most forgotten steps, but could be the most important of your car buying experience. you can use the findings of the technician to negotiate the car price. In other words of he finds a problem that will cost lets say five hundred dollars to repair, you may be able to use that to lower the selling price by five hundred dollars.
9. ROAD TEST THE CAR. Even though you have had the car checked out by a licensed technician, you need to drive the car to make sure everything feels good to you. After all you are the one who will be driving this car on a daily basis so you have to be happy with the way it handles and feels to you.
Do not ever buy a car unless you drive it first.
10. CLOSE THE DEAL. After you make the deal that is right for you, and you feel good you have covered all your bases, it's time to sign on the dotted line. If you have followed the steps I have outlined here you should be feeling good about your decision and ready to make it happen.
Remember we inspect a large number of used cars before they are bought, here at KOOL KAR AUTO REPAIR. We check more than 200 items for safety and reliability including whether the car has been wrecked and all the high dollar components such as computers and other electronic equipment. Give us a call today at KOOL KAR AUTO REPAIR 817-270-2549 for all your automotive repair needs.