Buying any used car is like going to a boutique to sell your old dress or replace it with a new one. Everyone involved in the process of buying and selling of used things are certainly biased and people usually get dissatisfaction in such dealerships. It is of no wonder that cars are extremely complicated and people mostly get dissatisfied if they are handed over to gang of neurotic liars. It can be the worst or the best experience of your life depending on the trust you’d develop with your dealings.
Cars are more reliable than ever before, so buying a used car makes a lot of sense. Cars up to five or six years of age are often the best values. Not only are their prices far less than analogous new car, ownership expenses such as taxes and insurance are often much lower. Many used cars will also remain dependable for many years to come, making them a shrewd financial decision.
You must know the following things before buying a used car.
Salespeople's favorite customers are those who seem to be in a big hurry, since they tend to be the ones who do not inspect the car thoroughly or don't negotiate the price. Never go to a dealership acting rushed, even if you need a car immediately, as they'll surely take advantage of it. Do your research in evaluating the car’s price. Start looking up the market price for that car models and then read upon every one of them. Comb through online car sites like webuymotors.com etc. Do same amount of research you’d do for a book in high school. Whatever you do, the purpose is that you do not get fooled at the hands of anyone and you have got full awareness before making a deal!
There are a few cardinal rules that apply to any negotiation. If you are the buyer, you will almost never get something for less than your initial offer. If you set the bar too high, you leave yourself little wiggle room to cut a deal at a number you like. So set your mind before making a deal, don’t let the price too high or too low. Do your budgeting properly along with making up your mind for the choice of car you make. Same like when you go for a grocery you have budget set in your mind plus you know the buying list. If it’s not been done then you will be lost after shopping. So do a suitable dealership and know your price before making a decision.
Once you’ve settled on a particular vehicle, you need to determine what it’s really worth. This may or may not bear resemblance to its listed price! If you can find prices that compare favorably, go ahead and print off the listings; you can use them as negotiating tools later on. Of course, pay attention to things like mileage, condition, and options installed. It’s possible for two vehicles with the same make, model, and year to be worth very different amounts. Location matters too, but there are plenty of car transportation options out there, so don’t worry about it too much – especially for negotiation purposes.
There are a few basic things you can check, even if you know nothing about cars. First thing you want to do is get right up close against your car and check any flaw in its front screen, offset doors, fenders, and uneven lines could indicate frame damage. Look around the engine bay at the spots where the metal struts come together -- the joints should be straight, with no signs of recent welding. Take a look underneath the car and watch the rim wheels too.
Make sure that everything is clear and then you may proceed with the dealing.
Content Writer at Motor Trader