Recently, my car of ten years simply died on me. Unfortunately, it was not within my budget to purchase a brand new car, but I did need to find a pre-owned car to buy; however, I wasn’t sure how to go about the process since I have always purchased new vehicles in the past. Luckily, I stumbled across several tips that helped me find a safe, reliable car that I’m proud of; the following information will outline a few of those tips.
Regardless of whether you decided to buy your car off a lot of from an individual, make sure you know the Kelly Blue Book value of the vehicle. This means that you will probably have to do some research in advance. For example, if you are going to purchase your car from a dealership, first go online to their site and see what they have available. Once you have a few cars in mind, look each of them up to find out their real value. This will help you know whether you are getting a good deal or not and will also allow you to negotiate a little more effectively.
You must also make sure to check out the vehicle thoroughly. Don’t neglect small things, like the odometer, and also make sure to examine the larger parts of the car, too, like the engine. Do all this before you even crank the car to make sure that it runs well. Once you do get the car started, don’t rush it; sit and listen to the way it sounds for several minutes. If you hear some noises, question the owner or the salesman about it; keep in mind that they may not always be upfront about problems, so watch their body language when you are talking to them to see if anything seems unusual.
Finally, always take the car on a test drive. It is important that you feel comfortable with the way the car runs and handles before making such a large purchase.