3 Pre-Owned Vehicle Purchasing Tips For Getting Your Dream Car
Buying a pre-owned car is a necessity for a lot of us. Especially those of us who are working within a given budget, and who can get a car that’s new to us, but not one that’s completely new. It’s still a big investment, though, which is why it pays to be careful when you’re shopping for your next pre-owned vehicle. With that in mind, here are some tips you should consider.
Tip #1: Know What You Can Afford (And Don’t Budge)
If you’re working with a budget, it’s tempting to let a dealership work some magic so you can get something more expensive, but without a more expensive monthly payment. However, you need to remember that if you are paying smaller amounts for a more expensive car, then you’ll be paying more in the long-run, and paying it over a longer period of time. Be firm in your ceiling, and don’t go above it if you’re not comfortable, no matter how good the rates look.
Tip #2: Insist on Seeing The History
If your car is used, then it has a history. Make sure you know what it is, so you know what you’re getting yourself into. If your car was kept in a garage for three years and used as an in-town and errand car for a retired couple, or if it was involved in a wreck that meant it had to be almost totally rebuilt, those are things you want to know.
Tip #3: Negotiate
Getting a used car isn’t like going to the grocery store. Salespeople are willing to dicker on a car lot, and this is important for you to keep in mind. Do your research, and see how far a dealership is willing to budge. Will they meet a competitor’s price? Throw in a warranty? Give you a guarantee on parts and labor for a certain amount of time? It never hurts to ask, and if it looks like you’re interested dealers will often make concessions to close a deal.
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