Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car


JEN: Yeesh, I really need a car… CAR DEALER: Hi! Hello there! Hold on a minute! CAR DEALER: Have I got the perfect vehicle
for you! JEN: Uh, is that a question? CAR DEALER: No question about it! Here’s your dream car! It’s compact, high tech, only driven by Grandma
on Sundays… JEN: No offense or anything, but I think I’m
better off buying something brand-new. CAR DEALER: On the contrary, did you know
that a new vehicle can lose almost half its value in the first few years? JEN: What? Seriously? CAR DEALER: That brand-new car you’re thinking
of buying starts losing value the moment you drive it off the lot, and loses the most value
in the first few years. That’s why buying a car that’s a few years
old can be a great way to save some cash! CAR DEALER: It’s all right here in my trusty
blue book. JEN: But I don’t know where that car’s been. E-CAR: Hey, watch it lady. I’ve been around the block a few times, sure,
but I’m still in tip-top shape. JEN: Whhhhaaaaaat? A talking car? Well, I’m sold! CAR DEALER: Great! It’s a deal! I’ll go get the paperwork! E-CAR: You know, we’re really just not right
for each other. JEN: Pfft. I always wanted a talking car! We can say hi to joggers and sing songs on
road trips together… E-CAR: Whatever. What do you know about buying a used car anyway? JEN: Just pick the newest, cheapest one. Simple! CAR DEALER: That might just backfire on you. E-CAR: I’m certainly not the cheapest. I don’t think she gets it. CAR DEALER: First of all, you’ve got to do
your research. Start off by setting a realistic price range. You don’t want to get stuck making monthly
payments you can’t afford down the road. JEN: I see what you did there. CAR DEALER: Only look for makes and models
that fit into your price range. Keep in mind the cost of insurance and repairs,
as well as the features you actually need. JEN: Like mega-awesome talking ability? E-CAR: Like the junk you’re hauling around…
there’s no way I can carry all that. JEN: Yeah, I guess not. Maybe a roof rack, though? E-CAR: Ugh. Roof racks are so not my style. CAR DEALER: You may be better off with a nice
hatchback. Have a look over there. JEN: Well, this one is pretty awful, but I
like the sporty one! I’ll buy this one instead! I can always throw on some talk radio. E-CAR: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Pump the brakes there, turbo. CAR DEALER: Before you commit to a used car
purchase, you should always evaluate the car. First, take a good long test drive to get
a feel for the car, and to spot any immediate problems. Then get the vehicle checked by a trusted
independent mechanic. Finally, get a report of the vehicle’s history
based on the VIN. JEN: The… what now? CAR DEALER: The Vehicle Identification Number,
or VIN, can usually be found on the driver’s side where the windshield meets the dash. The VIN provides useful information on a car’s
accident and repair history, manufacturer recalls and vehicle use. JEN: Wait, hold the phone! It says here this hatchback has been used
to deliver bowling balls to ski resorts for years, and it once got major water damage
from rolling into a hot tub! No thanks. E-CAR: Glad you checked, aren’t you? JEN: Heck, yeah. I just wish I could afford a car as clever
as you, but maybe with some more room. CAR DEALER: We’ve got options for miles! Let’s wheel and deal, huh? JEN: Well, I’m no master negotiator… E-CAR: You don’t say. CAR DEALER: Learning to effectively negotiate
is very important, whether you’re shopping at a dealership or buying direct from the
previous owner. E-CAR: And the most important part of negotiating
is always being prepared to walk away. JEN: Hmmm. I think I’m going to take some time, do my
research and come back with the perfect game plan! CAR DEALER: Good idea. See you then! Remember… research, evaluate, negotiate. E-CAR: Nice job, sales guy. You sure know how to close the deal! CAR DEALER: Oh, go take a joy ride! E-CAR: La, la, la, la, la, la. COACH: Grrr. I should have done my research. JEN: Wahooo!

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