Purchasing a Used Car? Check Out These Top 10 Tips
Purchasing a used vehicle is a decision that can save you lots of money in the long run. You avoid the high sticker price of a new car and the initial depreciation that occurs as soon as you drive a brand new vehicle off a dealer’s car lot. Neglecting to do enough research and rushing into a used vehicle purchase, however, can cost you. Consider the following advice to ensure you make a smart decision the next time you shop for a used vehicle.
10 Tips for Purchasing a Used Vehicle
1. Research the Vehicle You Want
Take the time to read consumer reviews and reports of their own experiences with the vehicle you want to purchase. You might find your decision confirmed or you might change your mind.
2. Don’t Disregard Less Popular Makes and Models
Be open to considering makes and models which are similar to the vehicle you want. You might find comparable quality and features in a similar, less expensive car.
3. Determine Your Budget
Know how much you can afford to spend before you begin shopping. This will prevent you from falling in love with an option you cannot afford.
4. Ask Around for Leads
Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth. Tell your friends and coworkers you are planning to purchase a used car. They might know someone with a great deal or have experience (good or bad) with a particular dealer.
5. Understand the Risks and Benefits of Purchasing from a Dealer or Private Party
When you purchase from a reputable dealer, you might spend more than you would with a private party, but you will be able to purchase a vehicle with certified repairs.
6. Never Buy Sight Unseen
Always perform a close inspection in person. Look for signs of collision repairs, such as paint over-spray on the door seals and wheel wells.
7. Test Drive Like You Mean It
Take a long test drive on side roads and highways with the radio off.
Pull an auto report from AutoCheck, CarFax and AutoProof to look for evidence of past collision repairs.
9. Get a Trusted Professional’s Opinion
Ask a knowledgeable friend or a trusted mechanic to perform an inspection of the vehicle before you purchase it.
10. Negotiate Numbers
When purchasing a used vehicle from a dealership, be tough when negotiating price and be wary of additional fees.
Choose from a Wide Selection of Used Vehicles with Impeccable Maintenance and Repair History
When shopping for a used car, do not overlook the option of purchasing a used rental vehicle. With comprehensive records of all maintenance and repairs performed on the vehicle, you will know exactly what you are getting. At Young Motors in Fort McMurray, we have an extensive inventory of used cars, trucks, ATVs and trailers for sale. To learn more about purchasing a used car or to book a rental, contact one of our three locations today.
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