Smart Ideas: Dealers Revisited

Guidelines in Dealing With Used Car Dealers

A lot of people would prefer having a pre-loved car to purchase than a brand new one. Even if there are quite a lot of brand new choices nowadays, there are still a few compelling choices to get a used car.

First of all, you may really want to buy a specific car model for years now and you may have actually found one of a particular model year with a much lower price today. Also, you might have the cash to be able to afford a used car but wouldn’t want to deal with all the hassle by paying for several years like you would usually do with a brand new car. Moreover, you might just be able to see a lot of value in a used car compared to a brand new car, especially if you’re running a small business and you realize that getting a used car can let you save more cash.

However, you can’t really ignore the fact that buying used cars may have its pitfalls. Not like a brand new car wherein it is expected to have everything running perfectly, you can only depend on the reliability of the used car based on the previous owner’s driving and maintenance habits. You may want to keep the following things in mind whenever you plan to go for a used car:

You should expect that you will be replacing more parts the higher the mileage on the car. You may start replacing inexpensive things like brake pads and fuel filters, but you should know for a fact that this could actually get bigger such as having to deal with transmission overhaul or even a new radiator or perhaps a replacement of A/C compressor. It would help a lot if you have a copy of the periodic maintenance schedule of the car just so you will be made fully aware of what you’re getting into.

You should never be cheap. You can always be thrifty but avoid delaying replacements of worn parts because you’ll end up having to spend more. Keep in mind that delaying your replacements for the cooling system of your car will only create a domino-like effect.

You have to have enough budget for two things: initial car purchase and for necessary replacements. It is strongly recommended that you have at least 20% of the total price of your car as your “fix-it” budget. This way, you’ll have the resources needed to deal with parts that needed replacing.

You should still do some research on the car. It is very important that you know the car’s reputation that you’re planning to buy and in order for you to do this, you should talk with somebody you know who owned that specific model you’re eyeing.