Buyers Guide – Cure for the Used Car Blues

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Buyers Guide - Cure for the Used Car BluesWhether you are buying or selling, the used car market can quickly turn into a nightmare if you fail to take advantage of the right resources. Fortunately for this generation, there is an abundance of such resources right at your finger tips. Of course most of these resources are found via the internet. New and used car websites like and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) afford buyers and sellers alike with fast and free access to millions of potential contacts.

Let’s take a look at some simple cures for the used car buying blues:

Honda SUVCarefully determine the type of car for which you will be shopping. Avoid choosing a type of vehicle impulsively and choose a ride that fits your lifestyle, driving style, and the number of passengers that you most often be carrying.

It’s best if you can sit down and make a list of your routine and select a vehicle that best meets your personal preferences and requirements.

Consider optional equipment and features when selecting a vehicle. Add-ons increase the selling price so if you don’t need them; leave them out of the search.

Many used car websites allow you to search individual options and accessories and filter the results accordingly. for example, you may need to find a balance between a cargo-friendly SUV and a fuel efficient sub-compact. It’s out there if you will do you research properly and take advantage of a reputable used car website.

You’ll also want to define your budget requirements and limitations. Keep in mind that a larger down payment makes for lower monthly payments and factor in some savings towards that end.

The fact that you are looking for a used car says that you seek a budget-friendly transportation solution so be careful not to get “sucked in” to all the bells and whistles that can drive vehicle prices up to unreasonable levels.

Set a maximum expenditure limit and don’t exceed it. Don’t forget to factor in sales taxes, financing charges, and other fees when negotiating your best deal.

In addition to millions of new and used vehicle listings, used car websites can also help you to keep track of the latest deals and scams, as well as providing unbiased reviews of certain models.

history reportA vehicle history report is also a helpful tool after you narrow your search significantly. You will need the vehicle identification number to get an accurate history and it may cost you a few bucks. This can give you an account of how many times the vehicle has changed hands and a collision repair history.

Use caution when purchasing a vehicle that has been wrecked and repaired (especially numerous times). Professional vehicle reviews can help you to determine if certain features and packages will suit your specific needs.

Consumer reviews can also be extremely helpful when selecting the type of vehicle for which you will be searching. If you have friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who drive similar vehicles, don’t hesitate to ask them about their own personal experiences with the it. You will be surprised how eager your fellow consumers are to share information about vehicle history, driving characteristics, and even their vehicle purchasing experience.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.