Buying used is a good way to save a large amount of cash on a vehicle purchase. That said, buying a used vehicle still takes a significant investment and you want to be sure the vehicle that you are buying is going to last you for years to come.
To help you with that task, we have put together 3 tips for used car shopping! Regardless of whether you’re buying from a dealer or a private seller, these tips will be useful for used car buyers.
Do Your Homework
Take advantage of the power of the Internet and do some research on the vehicle you are looking at. What does that particular make, model and year typically sell for? Is it generally considered a reliable vehicle? Perhaps you have a family member, friend or work colleague who owns a similar vehicle to the one that you are interested in? If so, ask them about their experiences with their vehicle.
Don’t Rush Into It
Don’t be dazzled by a cool looking ride - a significant investment such as this calls for rational consideration. Steer clear from pushy sellers who are in a rush too. We’re talking the types of people who tell you “it’ll be gone tomorrow” or “it must sell today”. These sort of tactics should be a red flag.
Have the Car Inspected by an Independent Mechanic
No matter whether you are buying from a dealer or a private individual, you should always have a used vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic. Make sure the mechanic is independent so that you can avoid a biased opinion and get the advice you need to make an informed decision.
While you can get a good idea about the vehicle simply by taking a proper look at the car and taking it for a ride, unless you are a certified mechanic, it’s smart practice to have a proper inspection done too.
Please contact Boyds Tire & Auto Service If you have any questions about your vehicle, or would like to schedule an inspection.