Shopping for a used car is a completely different process than when shopping for a new car. With a new vehicle, you know exactly what you’re getting: a brand-new car, directly off the assembly line.

With a used car, it is pretty much a horse of a whole different color. You’re stepping into a vehicle that was driven, maintained, and owned by somebody else. It makes the buyer wonder: What kind of person owned this car before me?

While used cars can be an economical way to upgrade to a new vehicle, sometimes you can get yourself into a bad situation and stuck with a lemon. But lucky for you, after reading this article the person described in the previous scenario will not be you!
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Inspect the Vehicle

This one is a given, however, most people neglect to ever look under the hood. It make sense, 99% of us couldn’t tell that something isn’t right just by looking at it. While you may not be a car expert, it is still good to ensure everything was maintained and nothing looks questionable. If possible, ask a friend who knows about cars to tag along. You might have to buy him or her lunch, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money in the long-run.

Test Drive the Car

Another obvious tip. But we aren’t just telling you to test drive the car, we urge you to test-feel the car. Make sure you are comfortable driving the auto if it is a bigger model than your previous car. Also see how it handles turns, how quickly the brakes react, or if it pulls to the right. Most times people are so excited at the thought of owning a new vehicle most of these red flags are overlooked.
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Negotiate Price

You are probably thinking that you have heard all of these tips before, and you may have. But it never hurts to reinforce a good point. Negotiating is a key factor in any used car buying process. But remember to keep your cool. Make sure you have your emotions in check and don’t be afraid to be a little aggressive. These salespersons have seen and heard every trick in the book, they won’t be afraid to go head-to-head with you.

Avoid the “Additional Features”

Do you really need the entertainment set in your vehicle? Have you properly researched the undercoating process and found it is truly worth it? Don’t you think you can find a cheaper extended warranty elsewhere? All of these “added features” are oftentimes overpriced and overvalued. For instance: Your dealer will try to sell you the extended warranty and roll it into your payments. This means more interest you will pay over time when you could have gotten a cheaper and more reliable policy from somewhere else. There are many alternatives to buying an auto warranty from the dealer.

We could go on and on with suggestions and useful resources but unfortunately we don’t have that kind of time. However, in the meantime, remember to stay focused, stand your ground, and give your purchase the proper time and research before deciding.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your vehicle. Happy buying!