People often ask me what they can do to get a good used vehicle for a good price. While the answer isn’t always simple, it’s safe to say there is a little bit of information that can go a long way toward that goal. Here are three tips that if followed, will benefit you the most when it’s time to buy your next used vehicle.
Before visiting the auto dealership, follow these three tips.
Tip Number One:
Be flexible. When it’s time to buy a used car, many people will narrow their focus to a specific make, model, and/or feature. While it’s smart to be particular about what you want, it’s important to remember that flexibility will save you money. If you’re willing to consider many different makes and models, you’re more likely to find a good deal. Besides, if you walk up to an car dealer and say you want a pink Volkswagen Polo with 23,000 kilometers they’ll assume you’re willing to pay more for that vehicle than any other. If they actually have that used car, you won’t be able to negotiate a good price.
Tip number two:
Research several different vehicles to get an idea of what you want. Once you decide you are in the market for a used vehicle, pick up a copy of Choice Magazine and read their reviews to find out about the reliability of a variety of cars. Reliability means that the make and model hasn’t required a set of abnormal repairs or repeated repairs for other drivers.
Also, read up on the other things you care about like fuel efficiency and how well the vehicle performs in bad weather. The more you know before you buy, the less likely you will feel overwhelmed with questions and options.
Tip number three:
Pay for a reliable vehicle inspection before you sign the papers. It may feel awkward to ask about an inspection before you buy a used car, but it’s an important investment and you’re well within your rights to request an inspection before you buy. For a fee, your local mechanic will be happy to perform an inspection for you and motoring organisations like the NRMA also provide a vehicle inspection service. Once you find a car you are interested in and the finances have been arranged, ask the seller to allow you to have the vehicle inspected. A reputable seller shouldn’t have any problem with your request. It may seem like an unnecessary expense just as you are about to spend a lot of money on a car, but a vehicle inspection could save you thousands of dollars worth of repairs in the future.
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