Next to buying a house getting a car is the most expensive thing you will purchase during you lifetime. It behooves you to take your time and care to select just the right vehicle that fits your needs and budget.
In this article are some tips that will help you in the choosing process.
When you have finished, you will have learned some ways you can use to verify the car you are getting will be a good one with no surprises.
Researching before making a car purchase
Driving around town is one way to find the car of your dreams. Though it is time consuming, it will often give you a better overall picture of where prices are trending, makes of cars, and see the various kinds of cars available in your area.
The classified ads in your local newspaper or Automotive Trading Times can help you in finding a used car in your price range, the make you want, and narrow your search down to a select list to help your final selection process.
Internet searches on local dealership websites can also be a great way to find that special car or SUV you have been looking for.
Finally, word of mouth advertising can get you a good deal on a care from people you know in the neighborhood or at work.
Whichever method you use, remember to take a notebook along to jot down any information on the car such as history, price, and options. This will be valuable whether you are buying a new or used vehicle.
Read Consumer Reports
Price information found in a consumer report is often the first thing people look at when buying a new or used car.
This level sets you on what you can expect pricewise before you go hunting in the car buying jungle and protects you from overpaying for a car.
Use resources like:
Flaws in the particular make or model of a car can be found in these reports as well you get feedback from those who have bought this type of car in the past. You can get a feel if the car you are looking at is right for you.
Service and repair information tells you about technical issues that have been experienced by consumers and you can see if the car is going to be a repair headache or not.
Here too you will find out about the costs people have had for car repairs.
You may find the one you like may be a money sucker and should be avoided.
Finding out what kind of warranty is always important when buying a new car. A used car is often out of warranty, but you might be able to purchase an extended warranty package.
Length of the warranty is also of concern as you want to know exactly how long you car will be covered and what you’re out of pocket expenses will be before you sign on the dotted line.
When your car goes out of warranty you will also want to investigate the possibility of buying an extended warranty when your current one lapses.
Buying a used car
Aging cars can be an issuance burden that you need to check out first with your insurance agent. Depending on the age of the car, you may find your insurance rates going up.
Going over the condition of the car with the help of a trained mechanic is way to make sure the vehicle is in sound working order and you aren’t buying a lemon or a disaster waiting to happen.
This goes double for the underbody, especially up north where it snows and salt is used to clear the roads. If the car hasn’t had underbody protection, you may be looking at a rust corroded frame. Also check for signs of warped frame as it could be a sign that the vehicle has been in an accident in the past.
Check inside the doors to see if antirust treatment was done and when. You can also see if there is any hidden rust in the trunk or engine compartment.
Check the condition of the spare tire as well. See if it shows signs of excess wear.
Obliviously a test drive is in order to verify handling and breaking. Check the front end Alignment as well. Poor alignment may mean a previous accident or other hidden problems.
Used car history
Online sources can now give you a history on the vehicle and give you some idea if there has been any serious problems with a used car in its past.
Services like Carfax will let you know the service history of a car and if it has been involved in an accident.
Here you can do a title check and see if the care was salvage, rebuild, fire/flood damage, or other types of damage as well. You can also find out addition information such as:
- Problem checks
- Odometer Check
- Vehicle Use or Event Check
With the vin number information, you can go to CarHistory.com and check up on a used car’s history of service, repairs, and possible accidents or other events.
This is very useful to find any hidden problems that you are not being made aware of.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB is a great help if you are buying a used car from a dealership. You can check up on the history of the dealership and see if there is a pattern of deceptive practices.
Filling a crankcase with sand is still being done these days to fool customers into thinking a transmission is sound, when in fact it is a mess.
Complaints are kept on file and you can see what people think of the service, after sales support, and other problems people have had in the past and if they are on the up and up.
A BBB rating gives you an idea of the reliability of the people trying to sell you a used or new vehicle. You can also see what kind of service you can expect after buying.
There you have some Tips and tricks that can help you get the best deal on a used or new car. Follow them and you’ll get a car that not only meets your current needs, but will give you a car that lasts and is trouble free.