Everyone has had this experience when you pull up on a car lot and a salesman bum-rushes your car trying to sale you something immediately. Trying to sell you a used car for the price of it when it was first manufactured. Saying he is giving you a good deal by subtracting $3,000 from an $8,000 car but the price is actually $5,000. Putting you in a “deal I can’t refuse situation,” basically telling you to make a rational decision. Well, in this article I am going to teach you how to buy a good used car and no longer get ripped off.
First, what type of car are you looking for? I mean by this the class of the car. Sedan, coupe, sports, van, truck, SUV. This first step will cut down your options making it easier find your car. Next pick a brand (Chevy, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, etc). You would not think this would matter but it really does. I would never recommend a ford because they have lots of transmission problems. And that’s basically your whole car. Lets say you want a 2 door coupe and you had your eyes set for a Toyota celica. Keep your eyes set on that car. For safe measure, think about a backup car as well. Because you might not find your desired car in your area.
Search for your desired car on the internet. There are millions of sites but look on most of them. I tell you to do this so you can get a good average price of your desired car. This is so when you find a trusted site or dealer you won’t get ripped off. Once you think you have an average price save up that amount and half. I say save half of that amount because most of the people I know have had no money left after they purchased their car. And you have to take care of other fees such as titles, tags, registration, and insurance. If you really don’t want to save up you don’t have to. But I recommend it because you don’t want to be stuck with a car note; paying more for the car than it really is.
Now it is time to find a dealer. You can find a dealer on the internet that are near your area. If you find you car go for it. Ask the dealer to test drive it. Most often they will but if they don’t then you should be suspicious (unless it is a used Maserati). Hear the car when the engine starts up. If it takes a while I would be skeptical. Also listen to the car for unusual noises. Things such as rattling, shaking, jumping. Check out the gears while driving. If they skip or slip any at all, do not buy that car. Look for rust especially under the hood. Sounds cliche but ask for the car-fax. This will tell you all about the car. If it has been flooded or wrecked. With this information take it and apply it to what you already know then buy a nice reliable used car.