There are a lot of possibilities for people when buying cars, especially used cars. The problem for most is that we are not all trained mechanics. Where do you look? How can you be sure you are getting a good deal and not a heap of junk? Finding used cars is as simple as either going to used car dealerships, some of which run out of new car dealerships, browsing through car trading magazines or simply just getting on the Internet.
Word of mouth is good, but at the end of the day you must do your research. Firstly, knock your list of choice cars down to four. Try doing a blue book check with KKB.com to check current car values for varied yearly makes. Plan a budget for the amount you are willing to spend. You may also look at Internet boards such as craigslist.com or even autoweb.com.
Always take someone who knows about used cars and buying cars to see the prospective car you are looking at. Most importantly, budget for a car inspection which should be done by a reputable licensed mechanic, one who is familiar with the type of car you want to buy. You can cut costs by choosing a mechanic that you will use in the future for tune-ups and other servicing requirements as they can and will give you a specially reduced priced for the inspection.
If using a mechanicís inspection capabilities is a bit too pricey then you have to have all the records for the used cars you are going to buy. These records must give an accurate description of all work done on the vehicle, all parts used, especially to ensure that the timing belt has been changed in the last 40k miles of driving. At the end of the day it is down to trusting the seller. Donít be rushed into buying cars because the seller has to get rid of the used car quickly. Always know why the used car is being sold.
Rich Beasley works for a well known computer company in Los Angeles. You can visit his latest website concerning his passion cars and has articles about Used Cars and other car related topics.
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