50 Things to Know Before Buying a Used Car: How to Get a Great Car Instead of a Lemon

Before buying a used carThe cars we drive say a lot about us.

Purchasing an used vehicle can be extremely stressful and trying.  If you make the wrong choice you could end up needing a new vehicle almost as quickly as you had purchased this one.  However if you know what you are doing and make a great choice you will likely have a vehicle that is going to last you for years to come.

 There are many great insider tips that can help you save money, find the best deal, and most importantly make sure that the vehicle that you purchase is high in quality.  It does not matter if you can afford to spend a lot or only a little as finding something that is going to last will be most important.  No one can afford to have car trouble all of the time.

 Purchasing a vehicle is a big deal.  Most people expect the next car that they buy to last them for at least five years so make sure that you choose one that is going to last you.  Using the tips that you will find here you can learn everything you need to know to have success while you are shopping for a new used car.

1.  Be Willing to Shop Around

To be able to get the best deals on a used car it is really important that you be willing to shop around.  You want to make sure that you are getting the best deal.  So even if you find the exact car that you want at one dealership, be willing to check out another dealership and see what they have to offer that is similar.

2.  Know What You Want Ahead of Time

Before you go shopping know what you want to buy ahead of time.  Obviously there are going to be vehicles that you prefer to drive and styles of vehicles that you like best.  Know ahead of time what those are and have a list of possible makes and models that you want to look at.  This will help you to be able to find what you want without having to look at something that is no where near what you are looking for.

3.  Do Not Be Persuaded to Buy Something Else

Now that you know what you want, stick to it.  My husband and I did not do this and ended up driving something that we were not happy with for years because of it.  We knew that we wanted a big SUV with a third row seating option but everyone else thought that we would be happier with a minivan.  We listened to everyone else especially a family member that had switched from a larger SUV to a minivan and loved it.  What we should have done was bought a big SUV because we knew what we wanted all along and that would have worked best for us.

4.  Check the Potential Car Out  Completely

Before you buy something check it out completely.  Look inside of every nook and cranny and dig through everything.  Do not be willing to settle and look for something that is perfect and in a condition that you will be happy with.

5.  Have a Professional Inspect the Car

Instead of just looking at the car yourself you need to make sure that you have a professional look at it.  While you will not want to do it often before you actually buy a car make sure that you go to a professional shop and have a full inspection done.  This might cost you a little money but if they find a problem you will know that it was money well spent.  If there is no problem you can rest assured with what you have purchased.

6.  Get Multiple Price Quotes

Go to different dealerships and price the same make and model of used car to see what you can find.  Get price quotes on each of these.  Make sure that you are looking in different towns and that you are willing to drive a bit because you might just find that a dealership out of the area will be able to save you a tremendous amount of money.

7.  Get a Price Quote for a Man and a Woman

You would think that today there is not going to be any difference in an automobile quote that goes between men and women but it still does exist at some dealerships.  Go get a price quote yourself and then send someone of the opposite sex to go and get a price quote on the same vehicle.  If one of these price quotes is different then you might have a problem with the dealership that you have went to.  Question them as to why the quotes are different and really discuss what you feel about this.  Dealerships should not be offering different prices to individuals based on sex.  Now shop at a different dealership even if they had your favorite car.

8.  Take a Better Price Quote to a Preferred Dealer

If you get a better quote from one of the dealers do not be afraid to go back to the dealer that you prefer dealing with.  The chance is that the new dealership will consider matching the offer if it means that they are going to get the sale.  Get the lowest priced offer in writing and have information and specs about the car put on the offer so that you can show the dealership that they really are cars that are similar and that you are not trying to pull one over on them.

9.  Do Not Show Emotion

No matter how bad you want a vehicle do not show it.  Instead of showing emotion about what you want, show them that you are indifferent.  Showing emotion and making them think that you really want the vehicle will only increase the amount of money that they are asking for with it.  If you remain indifferent they are more likely to offer you the car for the lowest possible price because they want to get the sale and are unsure of whether or not you will buy.

10.  Look for Special Offers or Incentives

Many times dealerships and even car manufacturers offer special incentives or offers for buying a car.  Check out what is available now.  Keep in mind that these are sometimes available on certified used options too and that they are not limited to new cars like many people think that they are.

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