These days, buying a new car requires a lot of money. For those looking for another option due to financial outflow, buying a used car can be a good bet. Of course, a used car, no matter how sleek and shiny, can have hidden drawbacks.
Below, you’ll find tips from some well-honed insurance professionals on how to get the job done when buying a used car.
8 ways to get a good deal on a used car
• Decide how much you can spend on shopping
Before looking for a good used car, do a personal financial count. Then focus only on purchases you can afford, either through financing or full payment method.
• Choose the right type of vehicle
Single people with no kids don’t need a big car. On the other side of the coin, married people with children in tow could use a larger car. Recreational drivers, long-distance drivers, and city or highway drivers also have different needs. Evaluate your individual requirements and then buy the car that suits them.
• Check prices and repair frequency
Look online to determine how much you should pay for car makes and models based on year and usage. This search will also let you know which types of vehicles require the least maintenance work and which types have the least mechanical headaches.
• Learn about the car’s past
Research the history of a particular car by entering the Vehicle Information Numbers. This will take you to a comprehensive report on past collisions, owners, and even recorded maintenance and repair work.
• Test drive the car by taking it for a spin
Drive your prospective car purchase along a calculated route that includes hills, potholes, curves, and road maneuvers. This way you will get an idea of what the overall drivability is like.
• Get the opinion of a professional mechanic
Include your favorite mechanic in the decision by hiring him to inspect the car for surface problems that a layman like you might not spot.
• Use your price negotiation skills
Use the knowledge you’ve gained from all your car research to negotiate a price that fairly reflects its true value.
And last but surely not least
• Don’t forget car insurance
Before you complete the purchase process, speak with an experienced independent insurance agent about vehicle insurance. After linking the policy, sign the contract, pay and you’re ready to go. Don’t worry about not having coverage on the way home!
Now that you have a new (used) car, take care of it with good maintenance practices and remember to keep driving safety a priority.