Buying a used car can be difficult, and not just for first time buyers. It is important to know your facts and have a game plan before you make the decision to purchase a used vehicle. Here’s a quick walk through on what you should do to make sure you are prepared when buying your next used vehicle.
1) Determine Your Vehicle Needs
The first thing you need to do as a prospective buyer is determine your vehicle needs. Figure out what you’re looking for. Do you have a new baby on the way and looking for a family sedan or maybe even a van? Or are you looking for a classic muscle car, one that you’ve always wanted but haven’t had the opportunity to buy? By narrowing your choices and figuring out what you want, you can save time at the dealership. It also allows those at the dealership to assist you in a more efficient manner, and do the best they can to get you the car that you want.
2) Determine a Budget
Once you’ve figured out what kind of car you’re looking for, determine your budget. Go over your monthly expenditures and income. Determine the maximum amount of money you could spend on a car. This is important, as you don’t want to put yourself in a financial hole over a used car. It also helps you narrow down potential cars that you could purchase.
3) Go Window Shopping
After you’ve figured out the type of vehicle you are looking to purchase and your price range, go “window shopping” at your local dealership. Research different models, makes and years of the type of vehicle you are looking. Thumb through the car listings at your local car dealership. Use this knowledge to compare prices and features of the vehicles. Compare the prices and features like vehicle history, condition, warranties and mileage easily.
4) Contact the Sellers
When you’ve decided which car you want to purchase, contact the sellers of the vehicle to express your interest in purchasing the vehicle. Try to book a test drive, or arrange to look at the car in person.
5) Get the Relevant Information about the Used Car
Get the vehicle’s data, by asking the seller for the VIN number and the vehicle history report. Run a background check on the car, and figure out whether or not there has been any discrepancies from what the seller told you about the vehicle’s history.
6) Do a Personal Vehicle Inspection
When you see the vehicle in person, run a personal examination of the vehicle. Check for mismatched or chipped paint, rust, damaged parts under the hood. Once the vehicle passes your personal examination, take it for a test drive. If you’re still not satisfied, you could bring it to a mechanic that you trust to run further examinations.
Once the car has passed these tests and you are willing to buy the car and believe the price to be fair, begin negotiating with the seller. Try to get the best price you believe you can get for the car.
Here at Courtesy Ford Lincoln, we understand that buying a used car can be a big decision. We are here locally in London, Ontario serving the community for 40+ years. We welcome you to try our service and experience the passion of our staff for helping you make the best decision for your automotive needs.
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