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What to Remember When Buying a Used Car

Posted on 19 June 2019 by admin (0)

There’s a saying about car ownership- the cheapest car to drive is the one you already own.  That’s true due to a variety of reasons.  When you buy a car, you have to register it, insure it, and pay taxes.  Sometimes there are mechanical issues that aren’t evident at the time of sale that must be addressed later.  While many people opt to buy a new car with no miles and a warranty, a new car will depreciate exponentially the moment you drive it off the lot.  If you’re careful and keep in mind a few factors, buying a used car can be a good investment and save you money while providing exactly the vehicle you need.  Here are some tips to remember.

A Typical Used Car

Always test drive the car.  No matter how much research you do and maintenance records you have, there is no substitute for actually trying it out.  You’ll be spending a lot of time behind the wheel so you need to know exactly what you’re getting into.

               Research the value of the car.  There are websites, like Kelly’s Blue Book, that will let you input the make, model, mileage, and features.  Then you’ll be able to determine a fairly accurate value for the specific vehicle.  Try to pay less than the value computed if possible.  Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Also, you should always check the vehicle’s history report for accidents or repairs that can affect the value.  You can usually find documentation through sites like Carfax.

               You should always get an inspection before purchasing the vehicle.  There is no substitute for a certified mechanic actually inspecting the vehicle before the sale.  You’ll have to pay a fee for this, but it can save you a lot of money later.  If there are any issues, and this is often the case with a used vehicle, you may be able to negotiate the selling price down, especially if you have a written report from a mechanic.

               Validate the ownership and document the transaction.  Make sure you have a certified and notarized title and bill of sale.  Don’t waste time registering the vehicle in your name after the purchase. 

               If you take the steps to verify the vehicle’s ownership, condition, and value, you can make an informed purchase on a used vehicle.  You can save money and drive away with a reliable car.  This is often the best option when it comes to your next automotive purchase. Thanks to Austin’s Best Mobile Mechanic for the Information herein. He’s an awesome Austin Mobile Mechanic if you are ever stuck!