Kicking the tires on a car used to be the way people gauged whether the car was dependable or not. Today, you can kick as many tires as you want to and you still won’t be able to decipher what’s going on inside that car’s inner workings. Now if you purchase a used car there are plenty of ways to tell the history of the car and what could possibly go wrong with it.
First of all, you might want to think about buying a used car from a reputable dealer like Annville Auto in PA. All used car salesmen are not bad, no matter what you hear from your Aunt Martha. Ask your friends where they got their car and what kind of deal they got. If you’re looking for a particular brand and model of car, call around to different dealers and find out what their prices are. Also ask how many miles are on the car and if it’s been in any accidents. Then, after all this work, which shouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes, get on your computer.
Go to Google or to any other search engine and type in your desired brand, model and year and start looking for what the “going” market value is on that vehicle. This is actually a lot of fun, once you start doing it. You can even go to Craigslist and deduce the average asking price for the car you want by checking multiple listings for the same model year. Dealers, however, might be the way to go for a lot of buyers because they will generally give you some kind of warranty. Many dealers will give you thirty days or several thousand miles to bring the car back if you change your mind or if something should go wrong with it. The cars are thoroughly cleaned and tuned up at dealers so this can be a nice bonus, also.
Carfax should definitely be put on your list of to dos when buying a used car. This is a great company that will give you pertinent and necessary information of the specific car you are interested in. Dealers usually will give you the Carfax information, but when you buy from a private party, you have to get a hold of Carfax yourself. You may not have the time if there is a bidding war for that particular car.
Used cars can be bought for prices that can save you a lot of money in the long run. There are plenty of them out there with low mileage and no dings and that run beautifully. Take your time and choose wisely.
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