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Five Tips on Buying a Used Car

Buying a car is careful process of balancing what you want, with what you can get. One very important rule to remember is to never be seduced by the first car that glimmers when you look at it. Remember that smart sellers will make their cars as shiny and new-looking as possible. Smart buyers will know to look beyond the surface, and into the real, more pragmatic truth of the car. Though, that's not to say that a car looking good doesn't at all hurt, and its exterior quality is important to its function as well. When you are out hunting for your new (or used) car, remember these tips below, and avoid buying the wrong car.

  1. Set a Budget - A common mistake people make is buying a car that is at the edge, or pushing the limits, of their budget. Set a realistic budget for yourself and stick to it. Remember to factor in things like repair bills for used cars, or additional fees added on when buying a new car.
  2. Have a Clue - What kind of vehicle are you looking for? What kind vehicle do you need? What kind of vehicle can you afford on a day-to-day basis? These are some of the questions you should ask yourself. Do a little research and find the type of car (or specific car) that meets all your specific needs. Not having a clue when you start shopping for cars is a quick way to get yourself into a bad deal.
  3. Say 'No' to Yourself - We have all succumbed to impulse buys. With the little things, it's not so bad, but when it comes to buying a car, then it must be controlled. Hold on to your self-control and say no to yourself if there is even the slightest bit of doubt.
  4. Know a Trustworthy Mechanic - Often, the car will look good, drive great, sound fine, and then explode with issues the minute your money leaves your account. Don't trust anyone but your own mechanic, and make sure to bring him or her along to inspect the vehicle you intend on buying.
  5. Learn How to Pass On a Deal - If the price isn't exactly right, if the car pulls slightly to the left, even if the color isn't what you want, don't buy it. Don't feel pressured to buy a car because it's an old man who needs the money or a salesman that's intimidating you. Many business deals fall through every day, and you may have to go through a few near-sales before you find the perfect deal.