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Buying A Used Car

Buying A Used Car

It wasn’t that long ago that the best way to buy a used car was via local newspaper classifieds. Now, the Internet is a great place to start your quest for a used car. When searching for a used car it certainly is best if you keep in mind what you want when browsing a sales lot. This will help keep you from being shoe-horned into that Robins Egg Blue Geo Metro that has been sitting in a dealer’s bullpen for the past seven years like a 3-cyl gargoyle. By getting a good idea of the kind of vehicle you’d like to purchase you can narrow down your options to those vehicles and then begin to focus on the pricing.

Now that you have narrowed your used car list down— it just becomes a matter of picking the vehicle you think is in the best condition and is the best price. Sometimes this can be a tough balancing act because of factors such as color and other things may also play a part in your decision.

Along with expense of your vehicle something else you are likely to want to take into account from a financial perspective is the cost of financing. When it comes to financing you could get either a great deal or receive a deal that totally ripped you off— making you pay much more than you need to and winding up upside down.

If your credit is less than perfect make sure that you’re choosing a dealership that will negotiate aggressively for you with the banks and other financial institutions you will be getting a loan from. This can be extremely important so that you are not overpaying on your vehicle. Many times you can get pre-approved from your personal bank for an amount—this allows you to concentrate on buying the right used car for you and avoid the financing hassle at the dealership—now you can negotiate on price—not payments.

Some dealerships also specialize in repair and maintenance for vehicles as well. It’s always great to buy from these places because they know exactly how to make sure used cars are in tip top working condition and if you ever have any problems they can help you out.

Do not be afraid to take it to a mechanic and have it inspected—make sure you find a mechanic that you trust (I know, I know—not an easy task) so that you can get an unbiased review of the car mechanically.

Are you ready for the best deals around? If so, turn to sites like autoshopper.com for the best prices on thousands of used cars and trucks in your area. Then Do your homework; research on any car is paramount. Using sites like Autocheck and NADA will help you prepare for the task of buying a car. Read reviews on the car and do some additional digging to see how much maintenance on the car will cost you. While Hyundai and Kia models have low prices and long warranties, the savings are often offset by poor resale values. Hyundai’s Accent and Elantra don’t prove any less expensive after five years than Honda’s more expensive Fit and Civic.

You have to consider Depreciation, Fuel costs, Insurance, Maintenance and repair; do your homework and arm yourself with the necessary knowledge to get a good deal on your next used car purchase. Knowing a vehicle’s cost over time can save you thousands in the long haul.

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