Buying a second hand car is a more fascinating experience and adventure than buying a new car. The reason is simple – there is more to negotiate and you do not know all the details of the car. This can be terrifying, but if you do your homework and make the right moves, then buying a second hand car will be the best decision that you will ever make.
Do your research!
You know how the cliché goes – knowledge is power! Well it definitely is true. Do as much research as you can on the makes and models of different car that you are interested in purchasing. Information is literally a few clicks away these days and if in case you are not a motor head, then take a friend or a friend of a friend who has decent knowledge and experience regarding cars.
How to deal with the dealer
Know that the dealer has just one aim – selling you a car. Do not be naïve about it and know that it is okay to say ‘No’, as many times as you want, as long as you are not satisfied with the car. Be careful when you negotiate with dealers. Do not let them know how much you are targeting to spend and what your budget is. If you do that, they will narrow down your options and want to show you only those cars that falls within that range. Even worse, they will probably be showing you cars that are below the range that you are looking for, but will hype it up and try to close the sale.
Inspect the vehicle
Take a closer look and see if you are satisfied with the vehicle. A few initial checks you can make is to check the front fender, then to check the trim lines to ensure that there are no faults and fluctuations with them. Check for fluids too as they tend to reveal more about the maintenance of a car than anything else. Also make sure to check for any rust. Do not treat this as a small matter because it will quite likely expand and burn a hole in your pocket. If all this is too much for you, follow what is mentioned in step 1 – take a friend along who knows about cars.
A second hand car is not supposed to be junk. Make the right moves and you will have a handy car that can serve all your needs.
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