10 tips you should know before buying a second hand used car


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video heading out to find the perfect car is no easy task
especially when it involves finding the perfect used part while there are pros
and cons to buy new and used the best bang for your buck is definitely good
buying a used car but watch out there are lots of possible pitfalls and buying
someone else’s vehicle here are all the tips tricks and hacks you need to know
for easing the pain of the youth car buying experience number one set your
budget before dreaming about your new car sit
down and crunch some numbers if you’re taking out a loan to pay for your car
the general rule is that your monthly new car payment shouldn’t exceed fifty
percent of your monthly take-home pay a used car will be less expensive but the
same rule should apply there are several websites that offer online calculators
where you simply plug in your information and it does all the work for
you calculating a reasonable number to assess your needs the right car depends
on who you are and what you expect from a car keep in mind that cheaper is not
always better in terms of carts if you’re looking to save money consider
more than one round we suggest making a list of three cars that meet your needs
and fall within your budget there are some practical considerations
to keep in mind what type of driving do you do is it primarily highway surface
streets off-road do you have a link commute and because of that it’s filled
economy important to you what are your must-haves features what cargo capacity
do you need how much garage or parking space do you have number three check
prices and reviews prices are driven in part by where you’re shopping you’ll
find used cars in used car sections of new car dealerships independent used-car
Lots used-car retailers and websites where private party sellers list their
cars of the four private party cars will usually have the lowest selling price
we’re checking manufacturer sites invoice price and features it’s better
to know the different trim levels and the model you choose which substantially
affect the price you can also find your views of the car
on websites that may provide insights into potential issues for offering
summaries of its safety resale value and performance number four consider other
cars in the class do you have your mind set on a specific car many shoppers do
if you already have a car in mind you should still review other comparable
vehicles in the same class to make sure you have an overlooked and even better
choice in today’s ever-changing marketplace
new cars are always hitting the showrooms and one that you’ve never even
considered could be right for you number five weigh the costs of ownership
before you commit to a car you should estimate its long-term ownership costs
this can help you make a smart decision that can save you thousands of dollars
over the life of the car used cars will need a little extra attention from time
to time if the car you’re planning to buy is out of warranty it might be a
good idea to set aside an additional 7% of your monthly income to cover any
unexpected repairs you number six reputable dealership this is
key a trustworthy dealer will ensure he or she is only high quality stock on
hand this is not size related don’t forget your smaller dealerships
and trust your gut be old-fashioned and actually visit the dealer you’re
interested in if you get a bad feeling walk away and find someone you can work
with avoid options where there are little to new rules protecting the
consumer number seven check the vehicle history
and safety report unless you’re buying the car from a close friend or family
member who can vouch for its history plan to get a vehicle history report
this is an essential early step over you should never take a dealer’s word for it
you may even pay a fee to have a card data check conducted you use the current
vehicle identification number VI n to get this information and in some cases
all you need is the license-plate number do your own research to be certain number eight set up a test drive now
that you’ve found a car that seems as if it might be a good fit for you
cold text or email the dealerships internet department to schedule a day
and time for a test drive your command test driving about three
different vehicles so that you don’t limit your options listen out for any
obvious problems like threatening ask the dealer to fix whatever issues you
pick up and test drive it again to see if they kept their word number nine have the car inspected if
you’re not familiar with what’s under the hood
pick the trusted mechanic along for the ride they will know what to look for and
will be an invaluable asset in the process number 10
contact the seller and negotiate a good deal ask lots of questions and learn as
much as you can about the value of the car before doing so if a seller has a
hard time answering them this may be a red flag be sure you did you research
before heading into the negotiating room if your reasonable and have a plan
chances are you can make a deal pretty easily review the dealership sales
contract truly once you’ve done the paperwork it’s time to celebrate your
new purchase maybe with a drive-thru dinner you deserve it

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