General Car-Buying Tips

  1. Learn more about the cars you're interested in and what they cost. Consult a reference guide for a general idea of fair market values:
  2. Anticipate all your costs. Fuel, registration fees, maintenance, insurance, and repairs add up.

  3. Consider an extended service contract, also known as an extended warranty. If you plan to keep the vehicle longer, it could be worth it.

  4. Arrange for financing in advance. Shop with confidence knowing how much you can buy and that you're ready to close the deal.

Tips for Buying a Used Car

  1. Consult a service like to see if the car has been in an accident and to make sure the owner has title to the car.

  2. Ask to see the current car registration to ensure proper ownership and ensure registration is paid and up to date.

  3. Ask if there is an existing lien on the car or if it was leased.

  4. Inspect the car during daylight hours only. And take the time to perform the inspection to your satisfaction.

  5. Test drive in highway conditions. Make sure the car accelerates smoothly.

  6. Have a mechanic inspect the car before you complete the deal. Make your offer contingent on a successful inspection.

When You're At The Dealership

  1. Take your time and evaluate your options. A hasty decision could cost you.

  2. Get the look you want. If you need to order a different color, it shouldn't cost more than the cars on the lot.

  3. Make sure you fully understand the offer. If it sounds too good to be true, make sure you check the details.

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