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Buying used car: First step

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Car advices: Buying used car: First step

If you've decided to buy a used car, you've already made a smart decision. If you examine your needs rather than wants, you will quickly discover what the right used car is for you. Take a moment to think about what you use your car for. How many people do you need to transport or what type of driving do you do most often? How long is your commute? How is it important that your next vehicle get good gas mileage?

You can get a car that's almost as good as a brand-new one without paying for the depreciation that wallops new car buyers as soon as they drive the car off the lot. Even cars that are only a year old are 20-30 percent cheaper than brand-new cars.

But there are other good reasons to buy a used car:

  • You'll save money on car insurance.
  • Bigger bargains are possible for the smart used car shopper.
  • Used cars are more reliable today than ever before.
  • Some used cars are still under the factory warranty.
  • There are a a lot car owner's manuals for used cars.
  • Most new carmakers now sell certified used cars, which include warranties.
  • The history of a used car can easily be traced using the vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • If you buy from a private party, the negotiation process is less stressful.



At the beginning of the car-buying process, many people already know the car they want. But it's a good idea to ask yourself: Will this car fit into my monthly budget?

If you bought the vehicle from a dealer, you will have certain rights under consumer law.

A used car must match its description, be fit for its purpose, and be of satisfactory quality. However, the standard for meeting the requirement that the used car is of satisfactory quality will be lower because it is used. A used car should be in reasonable condition and work properly. When deciding whether a used car is in reasonable condition it is important to consider the car’s age and make, the past history of the car and how much you paid for it.

You may need to expand your horizons when considering what to buy because you won't know what is available in your area until you really start looking. Consider building a target list of three different cars. Here is the checklist for buying used car.




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