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How to Buy a Quality Used Car

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How to Buy a Quality Used Car

Troy Powers
December 21, 2012


If you are thinking about purchasing a new car or truck, then you may be worried about getting ripped off. Everyone has heard stories about car dealerships, but if you are prepared with research and information, you can feel confident about the decisions you make. Read through this article to get that information.

Don't set foot on the dealership if you're desperate to buy. This will show through to the dealer and they'll take advantage of you. Instead, go as a browser and intend to walk off the lot with the knowledge you have gained and the ability to go over it at home.

Never take a car at face value. Though you may not be a mechanic, it is a good idea to do a thorough inspection of the vehicle. An important part of the inspection is a test drive. This allows you to feel the car on the road, listen for any wayward noises and possible spot issues with performance.

Never purchase a car the same day that you find it. A rule of thumb is to sleep on the decision. That way you have time to think about the pros and cons of the car and how much you think the car is for you. Do not worry that the car will be sold in the meantime as there are many more out there.

If you are absolutely in love with a certain color or interior finish, don't settle for less. Though the specific vehicle that you want might not be in stock at your local dealership, ask them if they can get it for you. Most dealerships have relationships with other dealerships and will trade vehicles back and forth. Keep in mind though; you might end up paying a little bit extra to cover some of the costs of the trade.

Never leave your car with the dealership overnight. Many dealerships will offer you the opportunity to take the car that you are considering home in order to test drive it longer. While this is certainly appealing, it essentially means they are given the opportunity to hold the car you own hostage. This makes it more difficult to walk away from a bad deal, and it is not to your advantage.

Do not forget to calculate the cost of owning a car when you are working out a budget. For example, a vehicle that costs more but gets better mileage may be cheaper over the long run than a less expensive car with poor fuel economy. You should also include resale value and insurance premiums in your calculations.

Take your time when shopping for a car. It can be very tempting to purchase the first car you see because it looks nice or it has nice seating. However, there may be a car out there that is even better for you. Shop around and make comparisons before making a purchase.

Now that you are prepared and informed, you are ready to go out and find the right car at the perfect price point. Don't forget these tips, and if you feel you are being pressured, step back and go through the article again. It is here for you whenever you need it!


Troy Powers is skilled when it comes to negotiating a car deal. He has learned many car buying techniques that can save great deals of money when buying a car. To learn some of his car buying methods visit his website for more information.



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