Buying a used car can save you a bundle of money when you compare it to purchasing an expensive new car, but a used car can cost you a bundle in the long run if you don’t know what to watch out for. The following four tips can help you get the best used car deal. Keep them in mind when you shop for a used car to prevent any regrets.
- Don’t buy a car that’s been sitting for a long period of time. Look for one that was taken on long drives rather than short ones. Cars need enough driving time to warm up so the heat they generate can burn off condensation. If a car doesn’t move long enough for this to happen (as in the case of a 5-minute drive) the oil in the car may start to get dirty and cause damage to the engine.
- Don’t be fooled by low mileage. When you see a used car with low mileage, don’t trust what you see until you check a few things out. Look to see if the inside of the car shows signs of wear-and-tear, which could indicate the car was probably driven more than the mileage shows. Also look for stickers and receipts that show mileage. If the mileage on these stickers and receipts show a mileage that doesn’t match the mileage on the odometer, the mileage may have been adjusted.
- Don’t believe it if the person selling the car tells you the paint job was done to cover scratches and nicks. Beware if a used car is fairly new and has been totally repainted. This could mean the car was involved in a bad accident, and the paint job was done to hide the fact.
- Don’t buy a car you have not had a mechanic check out. A good mechanic may be able to save you from purchasing a used car that will wind up costing you a lot of money for repairs. The fee for an inspection of this kind is not that costly.
When you shop for a used car, decide on whether you want to purchase it from an owner or a dealer. Know that if you purchase your new used car from a dealer, you will get the benefit of a car warranty. If you are going to purchase a used car from a dealer that offers you a car warranty, make sure the dealer has a service department that does warranty repairs.
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“AAA Auto Guide, Making Sense of Car Care”; John Nielsen, Director of AAA’s Auto Repair Network with Steve Bodofsky; 2001
“Recipes for Car Care”; Kathleen E. Casagrande; 2001
The following four tips can help you get the best used car deal. Keep them in mind when you shop for a #usedcar……