Does your current vehicle keep breaking down? Do you need a newer vehicle but you can't afford one that's brand new? Buying a used car can be a great way to save money so that you can afford something better than what you already have. But with all the choices out there, shopping for a used vehicle can sometimes seem confusing and overwhelming. Find what you need more quickly and efficiently by following these tips:
Avoid personal sales: Although buying directly from another person instead of a used car dealership can sometimes result in a lower purchase price, this can be a false economy. An individual doesn't have the same incentive to provide information as a used car dealership. The vehicle might initially be cheaper but may have problems that aren't disclosed at the time of sale. While used car salesmen sometimes have a bad reputation, the truth is that they are in fact subject to a number of laws and regulations that don't apply to individual car sales. So if you want protection for your next vehicle purchase, your best option is to buy from a dealer and not from a classified ad.
Make a list of requirements: With so many different types of vehicles out there, it's easy to be attracted to a pretty car that is actually completely unsuitable for your needs. Make a written list of things that you're looking for in a new vehicle and, before you go shopping at any used car dealership, put these features in order of importance. Having a written list will help prevent you from forgetting that having a working A/C is less important than having a large trunk space for carrying groceries, for example. Be sure to make multiple copies of your list as well, in case you accidentally lose one while you're looking at vehicles.
Go home: So you've finally found a vehicle that you think is perfect. Before you start the paperwork to purchase this car, go home and sleep on it. At the used car dealership, it's all too easy to get so excited that you've finally found a good vehicle that you completely overlook attributes that would otherwise be a deal-breaker for you. Prevent potential buyer's remorse by spending the evening deciding whether or not the vehicle will work for you. It's unlikely that someone else will buy the car in the meantime. But if this does happen, try not to be too upset. Now that you know what you're looking for, you should be able to find that same make and model at that or another nearby dealership.