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What Not to Forget When Buying a Used Car

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Finding an ideal secondhand car can be so stressful. Not only are you spending thousands of dollars on a car but you also want to ensure you’ve gotten a good deal. We all hope to get a safe and reliable car whether it’s new or old. No one wants to spend all their money on repairs. The best news is, you can buy a used car that serves you well for a long time. You just need to know the essential things.

We’ve narrowed down 7 important things to find out before making that purchase. Read this and thank us later.

  1. Research best prices

It’s always worthwhile knowing how much a second-hand car of a similar make or model is going for. You can shop around for such cars online just to find out how much the car can sell for. It gives you an idea of how much you’ll spend on it. When you know the price points, it’s easy to keep off deals that seem too good to be true since they probably are.

  1. Ask the right questions

Before you even head to the dealership to check out their secondhand vehicles, have a set of questions to ask about the car. For instance, you may want to find out who the previous owner was. Ladies are known to maintain cars better than men. Find out whether the car has an accident record and any repairs that have been done in the past.

  1. How much can you afford?

It’s always worth knowing how much you can afford even when you don’t intend to buy a new car. Second-hand cars can be pretty costly too, especially the ones that have been properly maintained over the years. If you are planning on doing a trade-in, make sure you research on the car’s value so that you don’t get ripped off. If you are taking a loan, choose a shorter term to save on interest payments.

  1. Find out about car insurance

The secondhand car will certainly require car insurance. If you are buying the car from an individual, make sure you ask for proof of insurance. If you are buying from a dealership, most of them ask for proof of insurance before taking in the car from its owner.

  1. Check for signs of accidents

There are certain things that you may see in a secondhand car that signify trouble. For instance, if the car has new carpeting, it could be an indication that it was in a flood and was salvaged. You can get this information by pulling out the car’s history report. You just need the VIN number to get the history report online.

  1. Inspection is a must

Don’t buy a secondhand car unless it has been inspected by a mechanic you can trust. Sometimes cars have issues that could go unreported even when you review its history report. Make sure you call your mechanic to inspect the car for signs of trouble. 

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