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Tips When Looking For Used Cars For Sale

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Tips When Looking For Used Cars For Sale

Steven Pierce
September 23, 2012

Buying a car is often an anxiety inducing experience for everyone. Car shoppers can find lots of bargains at auctions, but there are lemons as well. You have no idea how long the transaction will take, if it even works out at all. Researching the value of the cars for sale is one of the first things that should be done. Following some simple tips can make the process less stressful.

Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

Instead of buying a car from a stranger off the street, head to the local car dealer to check out their certified pre-owned collection. Certified used cars have been thoroughly inspected by vehicle experts to ensure that they are in top running condition. Additionally, these cars often come with warranty packages. When you have a problem, you can head right back to the dealer.

Know the Numbers

Unfortunately, there are people out there who will try to swindle you on the price. Visit websites such as Edmunds, Consumer Reports and KBB (Kelley Blue Book) to find out the fair price of the car in which you're interested. Print these figures out, and bring them along with you so that you can tell the seller what you've found.

Checking for Accidents

Some cars are simply never the same after being in an accident. Don't just rely on what the seller tells you about the vehicle's history. Bring a person with you who has a trained eye in these types of matters. As a result, you'll truly know whether or not this vehicle has been damaged.

Know Your Rights

One of the most disheartening experiences when you buy used cars is to have it break down a few weeks later. Make sure you thoroughly read through all of your contracts and warranties before you sign them, so you know exactly what your options are in the event of a problem. If your car has a certain number of miles on it, you may not be covered. Try to purchase a car with lower mileage in the event that there are issues with the vehicle.

Getting a new car or your first set of wheels can be extremely exciting. However, there are certainly some pitfalls that can occur and some people who will try to swindle you. Practice common sense and follow some basic research tips to make sure you're not taken advantage of in the used car world.

Steven Pierce is a guy who has tons of general knowledge that makes him a credible source of information about cars, business and marketing. Stay tuned for his smart and economic tips and guides on Auto Auctions, visit http://www.southsideautoauctions.com.au/ .

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