Shopping for a used car can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are not familiar with what is under the hood. Many people get caught in a trap of buying a car that looks great on the outside, only to find out they have thousands of dollars in costly repairs. Both used car dealerships and private sellers are excellent options for buying a new car. As with any major purchase, doing your research could be the difference between finding a deal and getting in over your head. There are several ways to protect yourself from accidentally buying a lemon.
Mileage Versus Year
Always consider how much wear and tear has been done to the vehicle you are considering. As a general rule of thumb, multiply the age of the car by 15,000. The result is the average miles a used car should have. If the number on the odometer is much higher than this amount, you might want to look elsewhere for a used vehicle to purchase.
Blue Book Value
The Kelly Blue Book is considered by the majority of people to be the best guide for researching the value of a used car. This website provides continually updated information about nearly every make and model of used car you can buy. It will show you what you should expect to pay from a used car dealer as well as a private individual based on the condition and features of the car.
Rust and Body Damage
Some minor dings and scratches should not prevent you from considering a vehicle. What you do need to watch out for is rush or major body damage. Rust can quickly spread and be expensive to repair the damages it causes. Major body damage likely means the car was involved in an accident, which could compromise the safety of the vehicle.
A CARFAX report is similar to what a credit report is for a person. Every vehicle has a unique Vehicle Identification Number. This number is linked to a car’s insurance policy and Department of Motor Vehicles registration. A CARFAX report will cost you a small fee, but will list any accidents the car was involved in. This is a worthwhile investment to have the piece of mind of knowing that the car is free from structural damages that could pose a safety risk to you and your family.
Unless you are very knowledgeable about engines and transmissions, if you are purchasing a car from a private individual you should consider a professional inspection by a reputable repair and service shop. Only a licensed or certified mechanic can run the diagnostics needed to make you aware of any serious problems in the vehicle.
Before you pay for a used car from a private individual, always ask to see the title. Make sure that the buyer section, if applicable, is not filled out and that the owner’s signature on the title matches that of the person you are buying the car from.
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