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How To: Buying Used Cars

by recycler on February 16, 2012

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How To: Buying Used Cars

Whether it's a high end muscle car or a Ford Taurus, these tips will help you when buying used cars.

Shopping for used cars isn’t some foreign science or unidentifiable language. You don’t have to go to an expensive college and get a Masters degree. It’s no calculus or quantum physics, but here are a few tips that should make buying used cars easier.

Things to consider first:

Figure out what kind of car you are looking for. This sounds simpler than it really is, unless you have an exact make and model already that you are set on. Very similar to finding a mate, you have to decide the car class, body type you prefer, color and features that attract you.

But also just like looking for a mate, you have to know how much money you are willing to spend on this significant other. What’s the use of having a beautiful car if you can’t afford to take it anywhere?

Research:

Take a little time to do some research about some models that interest you. The more you know, the better idea you’ll have of a potential deal. Naturally, when you find a car you could potentially purchase, you are going to want to revisit this tip.

Buy from Who?:

Dealership or private seller? Backyard, car lot, auction?

Dealerships offer credibility and warranties, but you can often get a much better deal from private sellers, whether that be on the side of the road or in the classifieds.

Test Drive:

Make sure you take a test drive. Never buy a vehicle on sight. At least take it around the block and get a feel for how it rides. Even better would be to take it out and run it over/through any and all terrains you think you may even possibly encounter.

Bargain and buy:

Take a little time to try to work a better deal than “sticker” price. When you and the seller agree on a fair and reasonable price, spread the green on the hood of the car and take that used car home.

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