Buying a used car can be a rather affordable solution to buying a brand new car. Used cars, even at only one model year old, can be 20-30% cheaper than buying the same car brand new. Used car shoppers can find easy deals with the high number of cars being leased. These cars are usually in very good condition and have a low number of miles on them. Used cars also have lower insurance rates and buying a used car means you can afford a car that has more luxury/performance than you might usually be able to afford.
The reasons that many people think they should avoid used cars have actually changed. Used cars are generally move reliable these days than they have been in the past and the history of accidents cars have been involved in can easily be traced by the VIN number. Most car makers are now selling cars that include factory warranties. One of the best things you can do on any used car is to get a history of the accidents a car has been involved in by using the VIN number to run a Carfax report that will tell you the history of the car.
Also, if you are dealing with a third party it might be a wise idea to take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for an inspection. That way you can know what is truly the condition on the car. Dealerships will not let you do this, for the reason that they have checked the car themselves. When buying a car via classified ads or eBay call the phone number and say you are interested in the car. You will know instantly whether you are dealing with a private seller or a trader pretending to be a private seller. Always examine the speedometer and odometer area. Look for scratches, chips or other damage that would indicate that the odometer has been tampered with. It is getting harder to do these days, but it is still possible to turn back the car’s odometer.
If you see the price on a car is $5,999, try showing up to the dealer’s lot with $500-$1000 less and see if they take it. If the dealer really wants to push this car off the lot, which most do, they will accept your offer and you will walk away with a great price on your new car. You should also run a report on your car with Experian, yes, and the credit report people. They also keep detailed records of cars and also get a copy of your title. It will show you the mileage, if the odometer says otherwise, then someone possibly tampered with it. Always use due diligence when buying a used car, no matter if from private citizen or a car dealership, always suspect something is suspicious. That way, you can keep yourself safe when buying a used car and have a good car to drive for many years to come.