I’ve been a licensed driver since I was 16 years old. I bought my first car a few years after that. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have owned both new and used vehicles. Sometimes the used vehicles were better than the new and vice versa. But, whether you’re buying a new or used vehicle listed below are some useful tips to take with you before you purchase.
Buying Used -VS- New
As far as I can tell with the influx of Quality inspected pre-owned vehicles, the only difference between a used car and a new car is the monthly note and full coverage insurance. Pre-owned Quality inspected vehicles are usually sold at reputable car dealerships and have been inspected, refurbished and almost as good as new without the new car price tag. Yes, they have miles on them and you’re not the ONLY owner but they are certified by the dealership and usually come with a nice warranty. If you’re going to go with used as opposed to new when purchasing a car be sure and take a trusted mechanic with you on your test drive.
Used Car Lots
Unfortunately when we need a car we don’t always have the time to drive around and look. Please ignore that sense of urgency and drive around and look. Used car lots are on just about every street corner in my city, but some are more trust worthy than others. Some have large inventory’s and have been around for years. Some have small inventory’s and don’t last six months. Many offer their own financing which if you’re dealing with credit issues this may be the best route for you. Again, please take a trusted mechanic with you before you buy, preferably on your test drive.
Doing your homework and research prior to buying a car is extremely important. Cars.com is a proven resource to help buyers from start to finish. Learn as much as you can about the model of the car you want. Safety and security beats style and trend any day. Gas mileage, wear and tear and any recalls are some of the caveats to research before making a decision about a particular car. Overall, take your time and don’t feel rushed to buy the first shiny car you see.