Buying a new car is a relatively straight-forward process. You know the car
is brand new, so it should be perfect. The auto maker stands behind its product
with a warranty. Once you've decided on a model, it's the same no matter which
dealership you get it from. The only difference is negotiating the best price
Buying a used car, on the other hand, can be a bit daunting. There may be
problems that you don't know about. It will take more work on your part, but the
cost savings are definitely worth it.
Before You Go See the Car
Find out the age, mileage and price. Do a little research. Is the price in
keeping with its age and mileage? Is it compatible with your needs? For example,
if you need a reliable car and you don't want to deal with repairs, you might
choose to spend a little more on a car with lower mileage. If you are
comfortable doing repairs yourself, or you have a trusted mechanic, you might be
able to save some money by getting an older car with more miles. Whatever your
needs, don't get excited and buy a car that doesn't satisfy them.
Ask the seller why they are selling the car. You never know. They might just
blurt out that it's always in the shop and they need something more
Check out the reviews and reliability ratings for that model. Consumer
Reports is a good place to start. You'll probably be able to find consumer
reviews online too. If this model isn't reliable enough for your needs, or if
it's priced too high for its reliability, look elsewhere.
Take a Look
These things don't directly affect the reliability of the car, but they can
be indications of how well the car has been taken care of. Are the tire properly
inflated? Is the wear pattern normal? Look for rust, dents, dings and dirt. Open
the and close the doors. There shouldn't be any noise. They should open fully,
and when they close the space between the door and the rest of the body should
be even. The color of the paint should be even over the whole car. Uneven paint
or body parts out of alignment are clues that the car may have been in an
The Test Drive
Keep your ears open for any unusual sounds. How does it feel? Are there any
alignment issues? Do the brakes feel right? Do the electrical systems work
correctly? You know how a car should drive. Anything that seems off to you
warrants further investigation.
Get a Carfax report Autel
MaxiDiag MD808. For $30, you can get the history of the car. Find out if
there are any title issues or accidents. See how many owners it's had and
whether the odometer reading is correct. $30 is a small price to pay to avoid
potentially expensive problems later.
Take it to your Mechanic
Unless you are a mechanic, you should take it to a professional. They can
look for signs of impending disaster. I know you're excited about getting a car,
but take the extra time to save yourself a big headache. If he does find minor
problems, it might help you negotiate a better price.
Keep your ears open to anything the seller has to say. Once you get people
talking, they often spill information that they didn't intend to. Also, if a
seller doesn't want to wait for you to get a Carfax report or take the car to
your mechanic, run for the hills. Something is wrong.
I'm not saying that a car should be perfect. You're not buying a brand new
car, after all. The condition of the outside of the car should be in keeping
with its age and mileage - and therefore price Autel
MaxiSys MS908.Written by Coleen Bennett: Best Way to Buy a Car ,
Certified Pre Owned Infiniti and Riverside Used Car.