3 Wise Tips For Buying a Used Car
Posted on June 20, 2019
Don’t get stuck with a lemon and get valuable tips and tools for buying your next used car.
Buying a new used car is one of the smartest investments you can make, after all, who really purchases a brand new vehicle off the lot?! When you steer clear of a brand new vehicle you avoid hefty price tags, large sales tax, and a depreciating value as soon as you drive off the lot!
Buying a used car not only embodies the thrill of the chase but sound money choices, and when you know how to go about it, it makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
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Let The Treasure Hunt Begin: Finding Your Next Used Car
Finding a good car can cause real anxiety these days, after all, you don’t really know what your potential car has been through — unless you bought it from a little old grandma who kept her car garaged for the last 10 years (oh yes, they still exist!) — can you really trust what a private owner or car dealership is trying to sell you.
Let’s set you up for used car buying success! Below are your need-to-know tips and tools to get you through this process and into a reliable used car!
Be the used car master!
When it comes to any kind of car, but especially used, it’s important you know about what kind of car you’re looking to purchase.
So, first, this means, researching what you want. What are your requirements? Consider things such as:
Will you need all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive for winter conditions?
Do you need a car that fits a family?
Do you commute?
Does it need to accommodate your height?
Factor in what you need and proceed from here.
When you know what kind of make of car you want, now is the time to really begin your deep dive research. We recommend going old school and purchasing a Consumer’s Report with all the make and models of the car year you’re considering purchasing, and then combing them for all of their ratings.
Another great resource is to go online and surf forums — these are pure gold. They’ll give you the best real reviews and have insider information on what happened with certain years of cars. For example, there are specific years of Subaru Legacy, Outback, and Imprezas that “ghost walk” or the rear end begins to move back and forth in slippery conditions, eventually spinning out.
Most people don’t know about this and it’s not something Subaru advertises, but it’s vital information you can find in forums.
The takeaway, do a lot of research before searching Craig's List or dealerships for the best buy!
Use your intuition.
When you do get to the step of actually trying to find the car you want to buy, always trust your gut! The used car buying world can be scuzzy with a lot of questionable characters just trying to make a quick buck.
If you decide to go the way of Craig’s List and find the car you’re looking for, vet it for a couple of things including:
Clear pictures (and many of them) - Not only does this help the seller actually sell the car, you have an idea of the condition of the car before you actually commit time in-person.
Ensure the post has clean communication - Look for the exact selling price, all the pertinent features, and a clear point of contact. The more information you have, the better!
Meet the seller in person - This is sort of a no-brainer, but still, people are getting duped. Assess the car and even ask the seller to not run the car before you get there, to get a better idea of what it sounds like and any other concerns. If the person makes you feel rushed or uses language such as “I have another person that wants to look in 10 minutes so you’ll have to decide now…” just walk away. Don’t let the pressure or lame sales pitch affect how you buy.
If you walk onto a car lot, consider the following:
Own the lot! - Know exactly what you want and how much you want to spend. A cars salesman is great at sniffing out any fear or lack of confidence when you’re on the lot!
Ask all the questions - Many times a used car salesman will rush you through everything as a part of a sales tactic — the less time you have to think, the more time they may actually talk you into an impulse buy. So, counter it with questions! Compose a list of questions before you even go, and while you’re there, ask for a moment to walk around the lot and think of any questions they might have missed.
Know your pain points so you can avoid theirs! - Salespeople love exposing your pain points, so if you too know them, it won’t work! Anticipate how they might try and sell you, and counter it by asking more questions or just walking away.
Whether you’re buying from Craig’s List or from a used car dealership, just trust your instincts, if something feels off, don’t worry, you’ll find another car...we promise!
Do some used car recon!
You’ve found a car you like at a price that makes sense, so you go ahead and buy it right?! Nope, not quite yet! Now is the time to do additional recon. Look up the VIN for additional information about the car history on sites such as CarFax.
There are more tips and tools to explore so stay tuned for part two!
When it comes to buying a new used car, it can make anyone take pause, but when you know what to look for and how to handle the best Craig’s List ads and car salespeople, you can wisely invest your money and your time!
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