Big Mistakes You Cannot Make When You Buy A Used Car

by  |  On June 16th, 2015  |  In Tips & Guides

Buying a used car can be a revelation. There are a plenty of advantages that arguably make buying a used car more effective than buying a brand, spanking new vehicle. Just take the cost as an example. Used cars are easily more affordable and are almost always worth their price tag, which isn’t always the case with new cars. But, before you go to your local dealership you need to be aware of mistakes that you cannot afford to make. For all the benefits of a used car, it can all come crashing down if you buy the wrong one.


Forget To Check The History Report

A vehicle’s history report is a vital way to check the legitimacy of the car. And, when it comes to used cars, legitimacy is what you need to be worried about most. You want to make sure the car has never been in an accident, and if they serviced it properly, or that the odometer has never been rolled back. Most dealers will make the vehicle’s history report available online, which is easy and simple to find. Private dealers can be a lot more awkward, so use car history report websites such as to glean all the information you need.

Ignoring Fuel Consumption

The whole point of buying a used car is to save money because new cars are far more expensive. However, that is negated if the fuel consumption of the car you buy ends up costing you a fortune. And, with the way that oil prices tend to fluctuate, fuel consumption can cost you a fortune. So, before you drive away in a pickup truck, check out the fuel consumption. It is easy to do, just go to the relevant government website that should have a list of makes and models. You are looking for the average miles per gallon.

Ignoring Certified Pre Owned Cars

A CPO is a great way of making sure that you can trust the car you have purchased. They go through far more rigorous inspections and meet a higher standard than most used cars. Plus, the manufacturer will often extend the warranty and additional benefits to sweeten the deal. The dealer and the manufacturer work in tandem so you can be certain that the car meets the standards set by the manufacturer. Most people worry that the car dealer is trying to pull a fast one, but that isn’t the case with CPOs. You will probably pay a bit more money, but it will save you cash and a lot of hassle in the future.

Don’t Compare

There is no excuse for not comparing used cars to find the best price. The Internet is a major tool for buying cars because it has made the process so easy. Treat the internet like a used car supermarket. Find one facet on one aisle and another facet on another aisle. For example, Yahoo! Auto will tell you how much a used car sells for in your area, and We Buy Any Car is a fantastic place to reference the price and double check the cost.

Now you know, there is no excuse for making any of these mistakes.

Suhail is a journalist who loves everything about technology driven cars. He keeps a keen eye on the latest developments in automotive industry and shares the news as it breaks.

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