Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a daunting task. You want to make sure you don’t end up with a car that’s going to break down on you after a short amount of time. Use these tips to ensure you don’t end up with a clunker.

  • Know your budget

Before you even step onto the car lot, you need to know how much money you have to work with. Don’t let a dealer pressure you into spending more than you have available. Be firm with the dealer/seller and let them know your budget from the get-go.

  • Investigate the car’s history

If you are interested in a car, be sure to investigate the car’s history to see if it has been involved in any wrecks. You can do this at

  • Inspect the car thoroughly

Take your time and inspect the inside and outside of the car with a fine-tooth comb. If the seller or dealer seems uncomfortable, they’re probably trying to hide something. Don’t be afraid to check every nook and cranny of the vehicle you may potentially buy. You don’t want to get home with your new car and find out that something is seriously wrong.

  • Test drive it

This should be a no-brainer, but not everyone test drives a car before they buy it. You need to make sure you are comfortable in the car. Some cars are more comfortable and easy to drive than others. You will also be able to tell if something is wrong with the transmission, brakes, etc.

  • “Inspect” the seller

If you’re buying from a private seller rather than a car dealership, do your research on the seller. Do they seem trustworthy? Have they sold cars in the area before? A quick Google search or Facebook post might help you avoid a scam.

  • Research model online

If you have your eye on a certain vehicle, research it online. There is a nearly endless amount of information available online about any and all vehicles. Do your research; you won’t regret it.

  • Check forums

Forums are an excellent place to go when you’re considering buying a car. If you’re considering buying a certain model, go to a forum specifically for that model of car. Current and previous owners will be able to tell you everything you need to know.

Looking for a used car? Check out the Automotive section of The Guide Classifieds. Click here.

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