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Tips to buying a used car

What I Wished I Had Known | Used Car Buying Tips

If you are new to the car scene, figuring out what car to buy is probably a little overwhelming. There are so many things to think about it and evaluate,  and if your new to the game, there are things that wouldn’t even cross your mind. If you are looking to buy a used car, there are a few things to think about and make sure you know before you can make a decision. Because a used car can potentially have many problems and could give you a lot of grief, including increased car insurance rates, making sure you get a good car is fundamental. There are a few things you need to know about when searching and evaluating a used car. I wished I had known these used car buying tips a little earlier in life.

Here are a few used car buying tips to help you make the decision:

1.Look at the price. You can look online on at Kelley Blue Book to see what cars with that year and mileage are going for around the city you live.  If the price of the car is way lower than it would normally be and what it says on Kelley Blue Book, ask yourself why it is so cheap. If they are selling it for such a low price there may be something wrong with the car that they aren’t telling you. Make sure you dig deeper and ask questions about why the price is so low.

2. Look at Mileage. Mileage is a very important factor in figuring out what car you want to buy as well. When i was 19 I bought a Volkswagen Jetta that had 98,000 miles on it and sadly it only lasted two years. And in those two years i had to get the transmission replaced and the timing belt fixed, which cost almost more than i originally bought it for.  If i had done my research i would have found out that VW Jetta’s that were made in certain years don’t really last much over 100,00 miles without getting extensive repairs. So make sure you do your research and look up reviews on how many miles a certain make and model will get before you make a purchase.

3 Look at Gas Mileage. Gas mileage is a very important factor in buying a car because that will tell you how much you will be spending on gas every month/year. If you get a sweet deal on a car but didn’t think how much you would be spending on gas, you might not be getting as good of a deal as you thought. You should also look at how much gas the car will hold. Most economy cars had a 12-14 gallon tank and get anywhere from 20-40 miles per gallon. If you get a truck or SUV it will be much lower gas mileage and a bigger gas tank. So if you are willing to pay more for gas in an SUV, just be aware how much you will probably spend.

4. Beware of the Rebuilt Title. Also known as a Restored Title, this means the car was in an accident and the auto insurance company totaled it, but the car was  repaired or restored to a working condition.  The reason you want to know about this is that some state makes these vehicles must pass mandatory inspections. The car could potentially not pass and you would be stuck with a car that doesn’t work. You could also have increased auto insurance and a few surprise repairs that you didn’t know about.

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