Avoid These Common Mistakes When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car has many benefits over new, from saving money to possibly getting financing more easily. However, it is also not something you should rush into. Here are some common mistakes others make that you can learn from and hopefully avoid so you are satisfied with your purchase.

Not Knowing Exactly What You Want

A very common mistake made by people who don't know any better is arriving at a car dealership before even considering what kind of car they want. You might have an idea of what you want, such as a luxury car or an SUV, but you should really narrow down the results more than that. If you are open to anything, you might end up being persuaded into getting something you don't really want. This isn't the dealership's fault, but it does help them find something you really enjoy if you can give them more information. Try to come up with the make and model of vehicle you prefer, or at least the type of vehicle, along with the special features, and maximum price you can spend.

Failing to Bring Someone Knowledgeable With You

Even if the used car dealership has gone through an inspection of the vehicle, it is still a good idea to bring a mechanic to inspect it. They can tell you right away if there are any potential issues or if the car has major parts that are relatively new. This isn't always a bad thing, but it does let you know major repairs were done. Having a mechanic with you, combined with a thorough inspection and a copy of the vehicle's history, will tell you everything you need to know about the condition of the vehicle.

Turning Down a Test Drive

No matter what condition a used vehicle is, or a new one for that matter, you need to go on a test drive. Some people don't like test drives because they get nervous driving a vehicle with someone else in the car, but it is really important when you are looking for the perfect car. It might look great from the outside, but when you get in, it doesn't fit right or you simply don't like how it drives. This is why it is important to at least drive it around the lot, even if you don't go for a long test drive.

Paying For Extra Features

For the most part, the extra features offered to you with a used car aren't going to be worth it. If they offer an extended warranty, read the fine print to make sure it is worth the price. If you have a smartphone, you already have GPS, so you don't really need to pay for one to be put in the car. These types of things add to your overall costs and aren't always worth it.


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