Some Important Things To Remember When You Buy Used Cars
By: Terry Bolton
The first question you should ask if you're looking to buy a used
car is How good your bargaining skills are ? If you've been out
there checking out the lots of used car dealers, you should know
those salesmen know how to do their job. So, what's the smart way
of purchasing a used car without getting taken for a ride?
First of all, do never start off offering too little. That's one
of the safest ways to get taken. And never take the first offer
the seller gives you either. You must always keep in mind your personal
finances and budget.
You should also know what the car your looking at is worth, before
you enter the used car dealer's store. Ever heard of the Kelley
Blue Book? This is a catalog that has all kinds of cars, listed
by year, and their values. If you are thinking of buying a used
car, it's a good idea to get a copy and compare prices. You can
take advantage of knowing about the car when you are bargaining.
If the seller doesn't like your offer, ask them for a counter offer.
Look at the car carefully and try to find any faults that you can.
For instance, a little damage here or there, any kinds of problems
you can find, and use that as leverage when you are bargaining.
If you can point those things out, it shows that you are shrewd
and bservant, and it will bring the price down. So, you can use
the costs of fixing these various problems to lower your counteroffer.
In the end, make sure there are no outstanding financial claims
against the car, like an unpaid bank loan.
Check with the local Department of Motor Vehicles to find out what
legal paperwork you will need. Different states have different regulations
as far as smog control and things like that, and you will also need
to title of the car and an official statement showing how many miles
the vehicle has on it. The seller has to give you this, according
to federal law. Most states require the seller to contact the DMV
to tell them that the vehicle has changed ownership. Usually, you
have to change the registration.
The best and safest way to pay for the vehicle is with a money order
or a cashier's check. Ensure that the seller signs the title on
the vehicle. This is the action that legally changes the ownership
from the previous owner to you. Whenever possible, you should get
a warranty from the seller. It's always safer to have a written
warranty in case there are unforeseen problems.
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