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Tips For Buying A Used Car

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Whether it is brand new, pre-owned or used, buying a car is a big purchase, and often requires significant consideration before you commit to a final decision. In the past, buying a used car sometimes meant gambling on whether or not you were getting a quality vehicle within your budget. Fortunately today, it is a lot easier for potential used car buyers to determine whether or not a used car is truly worth the asking price. Below, you`ll find ten simple tips that will help you find a quality used car within your budget.

Stick to your budget

When buying a car, it can be easy to get distracted by all the special offers and more costly models on the lot. Due to this fact, it is important to set a budget for yourself and stick to it no matter what. A good rule to keep in mind is that your monthly car payments should not exceed 20% of your monthly income.

Buy from a registered dealer

When you buy from a registered car dealer, you will be taking a lot of the guesswork out of the process, mainly due to the fact that a dealer has to be more transparent about the cars they sell than a private seller. In addition, a dealer can offer more selection and competitive pricing compared to a private seller, giving you more options and ways to save money.

Compare prices

In many ways this is another benefit of buying from a registered dealer. If you aren`t sure why a certain vehicle costs as much as it does, you can ask a dealer directly. It usually has to do with additional features or future maintenance costs, which should also be factors in your final decision making, along with price.

Do your research

Before you even set foot on a dealer`s lot, it’s important to get a good idea of exactly what you are looking for, and what is available in your price range. You can do a lot of research about particular makes and car models online by checking reviews on used car sites and forums.

Get a vehicle history report

After you`ve completed your initial research and found the car that you think would best suit your budget and your needs, be sure to get a history report on that vehicle. This is a fairly simple process that can be accomplished using such services as CarProof, and it can go a long way towards helping you make a purchase you won`t regret in the future.

 Before you buy

Ask for a current mechanical inspection report or get your own inspection.

Take a test drive

Test drive the vehicle for at least 30 minutes and check all the features.

Seal the deal

Once you’ve picked the right car and negotiated the right price, you should be prepared to finalize the deal. This usually means reviewing the sales contract thoroughly and making some final decisions on additional purchases, such as an extended warranty. Once you’re sure the deal is completely closed, you can relax and get on the road with your new purchase.
For more information, feel free to contact us or you can check out our website. If you are in the New Westminster area, feel free to stop by De Vellis Auto Centre Located at 124 E. Columbia & Brunette, New Westminster,BC to check out our great selection of quality pre-owned vehicles.

Remember

There is no return policy once you sign unless offered by the dealer.

14 Comments

  1. Great advice about the duration of the test drive. I bought my Buick Regal used and only took it for a joy ride around the block. I didn’t notice that it needed new struts and CV joints until after the paperwork was done. I’m going to be more thorough next time by driving longer.

  2. Kraig Strede says:

    Most of those “no payments for a year” or “no interest for a year” are banking on, much like the warranty companies, the fact that most people will not pay off the balance in the specified period of time, or miss a payment or make a payment late, along the way, which usually makes them subject to some astronimcal fee, or accumulated interest. Once that accumulated interest hits, your balance may have effectively doubled and could possibly alter your repayment arrangement. Read the fine print

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  5. I agree that you should set a budget for yourself and stick to it no matter what. When I was buying my first car, I had no budget and no idea what I wanted. I really regret not having a budget, because I ended up spending more than I wanted to .

  6. I’m a big fan of comparing prices. I’ll ask the dealer directly for more accurate pricing when I go in. I’ll usually check online sellers before I go into an actual dealership.

  7. I agree that you would want to do your research into the dealer and the car before you buy a used car. I would imagine that taking the time to find out as much as possible about a car would be really helpful. I’m looking to buy a used car so I’ll have to do some research before I choose someone.

  8. Getting a good idea of exactly what you are looking for before you go to a dealer is a good idea. Knowing what type of vehicle you want will probably help you when you are choosing where to buy your car. Doing research would also help you know what types of cars will run best and be suited for driving in your area.

  9. hello,everybody,it’s a good art,it’s useful for me,thanks!

  10. Kyle Winters says:

    I remember my mother-in-law going into a lot to get a used car and driving out with a new one a few years ago. The article isn’t kidding when it says you need to avoid all of the special offers and flashy deals. Instead, you need to review your budget and stick to it when you walk into that dealership.

  11. Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you talked about the importance of educating yourself about the type of car you want before visiting dealerships. I can see that doing this can help you make sure you save time and money while you search for the type of car you want. Personally, I would want to make sure I compare several dealerships and check on the prices of the cars I’m considering in orde to find the right deal for my money.

  12. My sister wants to get a car so I’m helping her in the process. I like that you mentioned getting a car from a registered dealer. There’s a lot of comfort knowing that the car has gone through inspection and is in full working order prior to purchasing it. I’ll be sure we go to dealerships to look for cars within her budget there.

  13. Been reading this site for a while, good post.

  14. Megan says:

    We are looking for a new used car for our family. I like that you mentioned getting our own current mechanical inspection. Usually, we get the history with the car. It would be nice to know the current condition of the car as well.

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