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Used Car Buyers – Be Prepared

13 Feb Blog | Comments
Car dealership in Rockville, Maryland (Courtes...

Car dealership in Rockville, Maryland (Courtesy Jeep, now Darcars Chrysler/Jeep) located at: 755 Rockville Pike. Rockville, Maryland 20852. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all wish we could afford new cars, but the reality is a new car is expensive. So, if you are one of the many people out there who can’t afford a new car, you will be shopping for a used car. Shopping for a used car these days is both easier and more overwhelming. With modern technology, the internet, we have access to more used cars than ever before.  Having more options is great because it gives us lots of choices. However, sometimes having so many choices makes things harder. It creates lots of questions like, where do I start? How do know if it is a good car? To help you answer those questions, keep reading about how to purchase a used car.

Used Car Decisions

The first, and one of the most important, decisions you need to make is how much money do you want to spend. You need to sit down and really look at your budget. Keep in mind that even if you buy a car for $5,000.00 there are fees and taxes to consider. So, make sure you include that in your figuring. Because a $5,000.00 car will end up costing you more like $6,000.00.

The next thing to consider is what type of car would you like. Try not to limit yourself to one specific car because this not only limits you, but that also lets the sales person know they have some leverage over you. If you need it/ want it, they know they have you and they are not going to negotiate much.

However, you will want to know what is important to you. For example: do you want a car that gets good gas mileage, do you need a car with 3 rows, and do you intend to keep the car long term. It is very important to know the difference between what you need and what you want!

Another important step in purchasing a used car is taking it on a test drive. The test drive is very important! You want to make sure you take it not only on the city roads, but also the highway. You want to try out the engine on the highway so you can see how well and fast the engine picks up speed. It is also important to test the brakes.

You should pull into a gas station or parking lot of some kind, turn the car off and then back on again. Before you start driving again, listen to how the engine sounds. If you aren’t sure what to listen for, ask someone you know, who know about cars, what to listen for. Or better yet, bring them along so they can help you decide if the car sounds like it should.

Used Car Negotiating – What you Need to Know

Before you even begin to negotiate understand what other fees are involved. There are taxes of course, but also included are title and dock fees. All of those extras, depending on the cost of the car, will add between $800.00 and $1,000.00 on a car that costs $7,000.00 to the price you negotiate.  Also, if you have a car to trade in, do not bring that into the negotiations until you feel you have gotten the best price.

One last thing to ask about is if there is any kind of warranty. If there is not a warranty you need to be aware that if you drive it off the lot, and the transmission blows, the car dealership is not responsible. And on the other side, if something does happen in the first couple months and there is a warranty you know if you can take it back and have them take a look.

Buying a used car does not have to be a horrible experience. If you know how much you want to spend, if you have an idea about what the engine should sound like, or brought someone who does, and if you understand about the extra fees, then you are prepared to go buy a car. Being prepared is half the battle when purchasing a used car. The other half is being willing to walk away if you can’t get the price you are looking for. There are tons of cars out there don’t feel like you have to buy one today.



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