Buying a used car can be tricky if you don’t know what to watch out for. Whether you’re buying from an independent seller or a dealership, here are some tips to make sure you get the best deal possible.
First of all, it’s a good idea to have used cars independently inspected before you buy them. You should be able to take the car for a test drive, at which point you can go to a mechanic and ask them to look it over. If they notice serious damage or costly repairs that need done, you may not want to buy that vehicle.
Always pay close attention on the test drive. It’s even more important than with a brand new car. You can listen for damage, feel how the ride quality is, and make sure none of the dashboard indicator lights are on. To be as safe as possible, you should get a vehicle history report and check for accidents in the past or anything that might cause concern.
Before you do any of this, though, you have to determine your budget and decide what kind of car you want. Buying used is great because it means you have a wider selection to choose from within your budget, but it can also be overwhelming. Think about how old of a car you’re willing to buy and what kind of car meets your driving needs—this information should help you narrow it down.
For more used car buying help, give us a call at Pfeiffer Used!