Tuesday Tips: What to Know When Buying a Used Car

used carsBuying a car, whether it is new or used, can be a tricky process. Although buying a car may seem fun, it can turn into a nightmare very quickly if you are not prepared. Finding a car with all the features you want within your budget is never easy.

When buying a used car, remember that it is very important to have a certified mechanic inspect the car on a lift. It is better to spend the money to have a mechanic take a look at the vehicle now, then to have to spend large sums of money for repairs later down the road.

In today’s installment of Tuesday Tips, we want to take a look at some advice that we have for our readers when they are looking at buying a used car.

  • Find out what you can afford and what you want to spend on a car. You need to have a clear idea of what your budget is before you even start looking.
  • Remember to consider the cost of tax, title, registration and insurance from your local independent insurance agent.
  • Do your research when looking into buying a used car. Make a list of everything you want in a car and cross-reference it with used vehicle reviews in Consumer Reports.
  • Get the vehicle history from Carfax and make sure the vehicle has not been in any accidents.
  • Ask for the records from a car dealership or the owner to see the car’s past.
  • Be able to walk away from a car lot so you do not get to intense negotiating.
  • Shop at the end of the month, dealers can be more flexible than they are at other times.
  • Research a car online to determine its worth and estimate the value of the vehicle.

We hope our Tuesday Tips will help you with your used car search. If you are wondering how much it would be to insure a particular car that you are looking at, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to assist you with your used car insurance needs and find you a policy that will give you the coverage that you deserve.

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