Cars depreciate in value as soon as they are driven off the car dealer’s lot. Buying them used saves lots of money. However, it also means that you have to be more car savvy since you are not buying a sparkly new car. Lots of people have questions about how to successfully purchase a lavish new car and avoid the lemons. Take a look at these frequently asked questions to set yourself up for success:
Absolutely not! The newspaper can turn up lots of great used car leads, but they are not the only source of used cars. Check out the internet and take a drive up to your local car dealership. The dealership will likely have a used car lot. Purchasing from a dealership can have its advantages, since many of these vehicles are certified and have a manufacturer’s warranty.
Is it possible to tell if the car has been in an accident?
Yes, there are ways to determine is the vehicle has been in an accident. First, thoroughly inspect the vehicle. Take note of anything that does not look quite right, including details such as differences in the shades of paint on the car. This could be evidence that the car was damaged in an accident. Also, be sure to check out the Car Fax report. Most dealerships offer a CarFax report for free. If you are purchasing from a private party you can check out the CarFax report for a small fee.
What is the story with auctions?
Auctions can be the best places to buy a used car. They can also be the worst places to buy a new car. You can usually walk away from an auction with a car for a lower price than you would be able to get anywhere else. The downside is that you will probably not be able to take the car for a test drive or turn it on to ensure that it runs properly.
How can I make purchasing a used car at an auction less risky?
Most used car auctions have a visitation period before the actual auction. Use this opportunity to look at cars that you are interested in. Be sure to write down the VIN on the cars that you are interested in. Get a CarFax report on all of the cars that you are interested in. This will give you vital information that will allow you to make an informed decision about whether or not you should move forward on any of these cars.
Should I buy a car without getting a CarFax report if it is a really good deal?
That is highly discouraged. If it seems too good to be true it probably is. The CarFax report can confirm or deny whether or not you should move forward with the car that you have in mind.
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