When you think about the tools most important to help life run smoothly, a car is one of the highest on the list. Cars are a key part in moving people around and having a smooth daily life. Owning one takes a bug responsibility and a cost commitment as well. When we dream of a car we tend to dream of new cars but the reality is that used cars are purchased more often and they may be a smarter choice for the majority of the population. Used cars allow for the most expensive aspects of car purchasing, their newness, to not be a factor in the price. As a result a buyer can get most of the same features of a new car in an automobile that is only a few years old but sells at a hugely reduced price compared to the new one.
Buying a used car however takes a particular set of guidelines and those seeking to do it must be cautious, because what you see is not always what you are getting. There are two routes that you can take to purchase a used car; either through a private sale or a dealer. Here is how you prepare for each:
Buying From a Dealer
When you purchase a used car from a dealership you get a real business with professionals in the business of selling cars. Used car dealers like Robert Bassam, make a living of supplying customers with used cars that they happily drive for years. If you are considering buying from a used car dealership, the most important things you need to do are to check the reputation of the dealership. You can do this online and look for feedback from customers. If they are happy about their purchase the dealership’s service there is a good chance that you will be as well. Is you find a dealership that does not market themselves online or that does not allow customers to leave public comments, this is a warning sign of potential trouble.
Also it is important to check the range of fees added to the price of the car from the dealership. These fees are sometimes high and need to be negotiated out of the purchase price. Look to do this at the closing when they are really motivated to make the sale. You can easily save yourself hundreds of dollars by understanding what things can be eaten by the dealer.
Buying From a Private Seller
When you purchase from a private seller you run a lot of risks and you need to be extremely cautious. First make sure you do not meet anyone at night and always take along someone with you. Finally when you agree to a purchase, never bring cash and do the sale at a bank if possible. Here is a checklist for you to put to the owner of the vehicle:
- Who is the listed owner of the car?
- Did you buy the car new? If not how many owners has the car had?
- Do you have a vehicle report for the car?
- Has the car been in any accidents?
- Why are you selling the car?
What is as important as the answers you get, is the demeanor of the seller when he is answering the questions. Does he seem truthful? Is he willingly giving you the information you request? Do his answers make sense? Any sketchy answers is a warning sign that something may not be right and you should abandon the purchase.
If you are thinking of purchasing the car, you should hire a licensed mechanic to do a full inspection of the car. Many cars that look great have severe underlying issue that can cost you thousands of dollars. Only a certified mechanic will know what to look for and be able to give you expert advice on what you may be getting yourself into. Pay this persona and take his advice no matter how much you love the car. If there are repairs that need to be made and you still want the car, size them up and negotiate these repairs into the purchase price.