Rules to Follow When Buying a Used Car

Second hand items are generally cheaper than brand new items. Thus, people who are on a limited budget often choose to buy used things to save money. But a second hand purchase doesn’t have to be a poor one. By shopping around, doing comparison and studying your options, you can surely find a quality item at a good price.

The same principle applies in purchasing a second hand vehicle. Many car owners trade their slightly used cars in exchange for a newer model. So despite being second hand, traded cars can be considered as great choice since these cars can actually be as good as their brand new counterparts.

People who a bad credit history may not qualify for a higher loan value and instead of looking for a brand new car at a cheap price, a second-owned car can be the best option. Below are some things to remember in purchasing a used car:

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Consider the seller’s background. Some people were tricked into buying a car for a low price, not knowing that it wasn’t actually worth their money. If you don’t know a lot about cars, especially the technical aspects, it’s best to hire a professional mechanic and ask assistance when inspecting a prospective car. You may also call the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Auto Safety Hotline at (800) 424-9393 or the Better Business Bureau to check the car dealer’s background.

Don’t fall for the bad credit high rate trap. Just because you have a poor credit rating doesn’t mean you should be charged with excessive interest rates. The FTC has warned consumers against predatory car dealers who may take advantage of your credit status. If a car dealer forces you into making a quick decision before the car is taken by another “potential” buyer, don’t sign up for it. Find another car dealer.

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Educate yourself. Get to know as much information as you can about vehicles, particularly the type of car you plan to buy. Know the signs of a car that’s worth buying. Again, ask help from a person who knows what a good car is all about. Hire a mechanic for the day.

Consider the mileage. A used car that’s worth the buy must not go beyond the 15,000 annual mileage rate. Check the car for damages. Look beyond the exterior, the paint and the style. More importantly, check the engine and car parts.

Go for a test drive. Always go for a test drive to see how well the engine runs. When doing a road test, drive the car in different road levels and traffic. This way, you can better judge the vehicle’s capacity, especially when driving along steep or rough roads.

 

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