5 Top Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be tricky -- if you don't know what you are doing. Follow these 5 tips to learn what to look for and ensure you are getting the best deal possible.

5 Tips to help you find a used car

Tip #1 -- Don't rely on used car reports

When it comes to buying a used car, many people feel they lack experience and rely heavily on used car reports. Used car reports have their place and have improved over the years. Still, many minor details are unreported. Minor accidents, although repairs can be costly, aren't likely to show up on these reports.

Tip #2 -- Find a trustworthy mechanic

Once you find a used car, have done your research, reviewed the used car report, taken the car for a test drive and everything still looks good, take the car to a mechanic you trust. If you don't know one, ask around. One of your family members, friends, or coworkers is sure to know someone. A good mechanic can spot trouble that won't show up on used car reports.

Tip #3 -- Avoid pressure tactics

Take your time when buying a used car. Don't let the owner or salesperson pressure you with scare tactics and tales of what a great demand there is for the car.

Tip #4 -- Read between the lines

"One owner, highway driven" leads you to believe the car had one owner and avoided the wear and tear of city driving. It could also mean it is a badly abused, ex-rental car. Look past the sales pitch and check out the details.

Tip #5 -- Avoid flood damage cars

The car may look great, but flood damage often shows up later with corrosion, electrical damage, and damage to electronics, wheel bearings, and the transmission. The car may look and run fine in the beginning, but it is often just the beginning of problems.

Many people are intimidated because they don't know how to buy a used car. Review these 5 tips and use them as a guideline when you begin shopping. By doing this, you can relax, feel comfortable and confident as you buy your used car.


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