General Car-Buying Tips
- 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:
- Anticipate all your costs. Fuel, registration fees, maintenance, insurance, and repairs add up.
- Consider an extended service contract, also known as an extended warranty. If you plan to keep the vehicle longer, it could be worth it.
- 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
- Consult a service like carfax.com to see if the car has been in an accident and to make sure the owner has title to the car.
- Ask to see the current car registration to ensure proper ownership and ensure registration is paid and up to date.
- Ask if there is an existing lien on the car or if it was leased.
- Inspect the car during daylight hours only. And take the time to perform the inspection to your satisfaction.
- Test drive in highway conditions. Make sure the car accelerates smoothly.
- 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
- Take your time and evaluate your options. A hasty decision could cost you.
- Get the look you want. If you need to order a different color, it shouldn't cost more than the cars on the lot.
- 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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