Buying a Used (Pre-Owned) Car is even more dangerous than buying a new one. The “used car salesman” is a cliche‚ in American culture for a predatory merchant. “Would you buy a used car from this man?” is a metaphor that questions a person’s honesty. Of course there are many reputable used car dealers.
Just bear in mind that a car can be made to look beautiful on the outside and be diseased on the inside. It’s easy for a dealer to tell you that “The car was owned by a little old lady who only used it to drive to church on Sundays.”
Many new car dealers also sell used cars. If the dealer is reputable and has a good service department, you might find a good deal. A “late-model” used car, which is only two or three years old, can–theoretically–be an excellent deal, since most of the depreciation (decline in the car’s re-sale value) has already taken place. Of course a used car sold by a major dealer may cost a little more than a car sold by a “no-name” lot.
You can also buy a used car from a private individual. People advertise their cars in local shopping magazines (“Pennysavers”), newspapers, on craigslist.com, on various internet automobile sites, or even by placing signs on the car itself. It’s up to you to judge who you are buying from.
Should You Buy A New Or Used Car?
Whether you should buy a new or used car can come down to a few factors. Here are three key points to keep in mind:
- Price: New cars more expensive than used cars, but they typically last longer and have more features.
- Condition: While they may be cheaper up front, used cars may have underlying problems that end up making them more expensive in the long run (though this is not always the case).
- Range: New cars typically have a greater range of available models than used cars do. This means you’re likely to find a car that fits your needs at a store or online.
How To Buy a Used Car
There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing a used car. The first is to make sure the car has been thoroughly inspected by a third party. It’s also important to research the car you’re interested in before making an offer, as there are many bad cars on the market.
Questions To Ask When Buying a Used Car
- Why are they selling the car?
- How old is the car?
- Do they have the title in hand?
- What’s the car’s mileage?
- How long have they owned the car?
- Are You Able to Test Drive the Car?
- Are they selling the car as is or is it under warranty?
- Is there any damage to the exterior of the car?
- What does the interior of the car look like?
- Are there any mechanical problems?
- Has the car been in any accidents?
- Is there a vehicle history report available?
- Can I take the car to my mechanic for an independent inspection?
- How would this car impact my car insurance premiums?
- Does the Car Have a Salvage Title?
- How Many Owners Has the Vehicle Had?
- Has the Car Been in Any Accidents?
- Does the Car Have a Maintenance Record?
- Did the Car’s Previous Owners Smoke?
- Does the Car Still Have a Spare and Jack?
When Is The Best Time to Buy A Car?
The best time to buy a car can vary depending on the person and what they are looking for. According to The Edmunds Price Guide, the best time to buy is typically between December and February. This is because the demand for new cars is low and the prices are generally lower than during other months. Some people may prefer to wait until December due to holiday promotions.
What Is The Best Mileage To Buy A New Car At?
The best mileage to buy a used car varies depending on the make and model of the vehicle, but in general, you’ll get the best fuel economy by looking for a car with lower numbers.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) states that the average new car gets around 26 miles per gallon in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. A used car will likely get less mileage than a brand-new one, but it’s still important to consider what kind of driving you’ll be doing before making your purchase.
In general, cars with higher numbers will have more wear and tear and may not be as reliable as cars with lower numbers. It’s also important to remember that not all used cars are created equal; some may have been damaged in an accident or have had extensive repairs done.
What To Do After Buying A Used Car
If you have just bought a used car, there are some things you should do right away. First and foremost, make sure to get a vehicle history report. This will give you a complete rundown of the car’s past, including any accidents or problems it may have had.
Secondly, register the car with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. This will ensure that the car is registered properly and that you are aware of any changes to its ownership (such as if it has been sold or traded).
Finally, protect your new purchase by getting insurance
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