Buying a car is a big financial decision, even if you’re buying a used car. While some people insist on a brand new car fresh off the lot, price-savvy consumers know that you can save a lot of money buying your car used and still end up with a beautiful, clean, high quality vehicle. You can also save money on insurance, depreciation, and even taxes and registration by purchasing a used car. But how do you know that you’re getting a good deal and not a lemon? Below, we share some tips on how to buy a used car.
Choose the right used car model
Some models are more reliable than others, so do your research and find out what type of cars have the best track records for longevity and maintenance. When looking for a reliable used car, keep in mind the prevalence of that model. If you choose a model that is more common, it will be easier to find used auto parts for any repairs you may need down the road.
Run a background check
Look, you wouldn’t hire someone off the street without running a background check on them, so why would you purchase a car you know nothing about? After all, you’re auditioning this car to be your ride-or-die, your constant companion, your home-away-from-home! There are lots of ways to get the backstory on a car these days using the VIN number found on the driver side door jamb, like CarFax.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
If you’re looking for a good deal on a used car, keep an eye out for cars that just need a little TLC to achieve their potential. If you’re interested or experienced in DIY car repairs, you may be able to fix up your new-to-you ride for very little money by shopping for used auto parts at U Wrench It in Norcross.