Table of Contents
- Intro to our used car buying guide
- Do your research
- Get a vehicle history report
- Have a mechanic inspect the car:
- Take the car for a test drive:
- What does your gut say?
Intro to our used car buying guide
Buying a used car can be a great way to save money, but you won’t be saving money if it turns out to be a big headache ( and sinkhole ) with lots of issues.
We look at the easiest, and least expensive ways, to try to protect you from buying a lemon in our article so make sure you read it before you buy a used vehicle.
There are a few things you should always check when inspecting a used car: the condition of the tires, the brakes, and the engine. If any of these things look broken or just not right, the vehicle will probably need some type of repairs soon. You also want to ask them about their issues and how they’ve fixed them.
Do your research
It’s important to know what you’re looking for in a used car and to do your research on the make and model you’re interested in.
When you’re looking to used car you might only be focusing on the price, but sometimes when you save money up front it ends up costing you in the long run.You should know what you’re looking for in a used car and research the make and model you’re interested in. This will help you avoid buying a broken used car. Sometimes specific models and years will have issues that end up costing the owners thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Check for recalls on the make and model of the vehicle you’re interested in. Read consumer reports to understand what others have experienced with the car you’re interested in. Consult with a trusted mechanic to get their opinion on the vehicle you’re considering purchasing.
Reading about your potential purchase can often save money in the long run.
Get a vehicle history report
This will give you an idea of the car’s past and can help you avoid buying a lemon.
If you’re considering buying a used car, getting a CarFax report is always good. This is basically a report card for the life of your car and the history of its service records and damage that has been recorded on it.
Have a mechanic inspect the car:
A mechanic can spot problems that you may not be able to see. This is the best way to find out if there are any significant problems with the car. When looking at the car, you should check the car’s body for any dents, scratches, or other damage. Next, you will want to look at the tires and make sure they have plenty of treads left and are not too worn down. Finally, you will want to take the car for a test drive to ensure it runs well and has no strange noises or vibrations.
Take the car for a test drive:
This is the best way to get a feel for the vehicle and see if it’s right for you. Even if the price is right, and everything looks good on the car, the truth is that you will want to drive it to see how it feels. Can you imagine yourself driving it for the next ten years? If not it might be better to pass on a car that doesn’t make you happy to drive it for one that does.
You should keep a few things in mind when test-driving a used car. First, make sure you’re comfortable with the car. It should be the right size for you and your family and have enough features that you’re looking for. Second, pay attention to how the car feels while driving it. Does it handle okay? Are the brakes responsive? Is the ride smooth?
What does your gut say?
Finally, listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about the car or you have any doubts, walk away from the deal. There’s Plenty of other used cars are out there, and you don’t want to end up with a lemon. Sometimes people will try to pull one over on you, with a bit of extra wax or grease to hide issues. But you should try to look paste that window dressing and see the car for what it is.
We’ve listed some key things to consider when buying a used car. As mentioned above, you’ll want to make sure to get a carfax report to check for any accidents or damage. Next, you want to take the car for a test drive and pay attention to how it feels and handles. Finally, have a mechanic check it out to ensure everything is in good working order. If you follow these three steps, you will really reduce the chances of having issues with your new ( used) car.