Guidelines in Dealing With Used Car Dealers
There are a lot of people who would prefer buying used or pre-loved cars. Even if there are quite a lot of brand new choices nowadays, there are still a few compelling choices to get a used car.
The thing about used car is that you might have been longing for a particular model to own for so many years now and perhaps you’ll be able to get that particular model now at its depreciated price. Also, you might have the cash to be able to afford a used car but wouldn’t want to deal with all the hassle by paying for several years like you would usually do with a brand new car. You may also be running a small business and somehow you see yourself saving a lot more cash if you just get a used car to own compared to getting a brand new one.
However, you can’t really ignore the fact that buying used cars may have its pitfalls. You can depend on the car’s reliability based on the manufacturer’s engineering, previous owner’s habit of driving and maintenance, as well as the mileage on the car, which is unlike a brand new car where you can actually expect everything to be running perfectly. You may want to keep the following things in mind whenever you plan to go for a used car:
You should expect that you will be replacing more parts the higher the mileage on the car. You may start replacing inexpensive things like brake pads and fuel filters, but you should know for a fact that this could actually get bigger such as having to deal with transmission overhaul or even a new radiator or perhaps a replacement of A/C compressor. You should also see to it that you get yourself a copy of the car’s periodic maintenance schedule so that you’ll exactly know what to do with the car.
You should never be cheap. Of course, you’re always free to be thrifty, but delaying replacement of worn parts is a big mistake as this might cost you more than it should be. Keep in mind that delaying your replacements for the cooling system of your car will only create a domino-like effect.
Make a budget for two things: one for your initial payment for car purchase and one to make it truly roadworthy. It would be best if you have at least 20% of the purchase price to make it your “fix-it” budget. Doing so will guarantee you a budget to help you deal with all the parts that need to be replaced.
You should still do some research on the car. It is very important that you know the car’s reputation that you’re planning to buy and in order for you to do this, you should talk with somebody you know who owned that specific model you’re eyeing.