Purchasing a used car is one of the most common ways for people to get behind the wheel, and for many people it could be their first time purchasing anything other than new. But with this differences come responsibility. For those new to the world of used cars in chandler, here are some tips and tricks that can help you stay on top of your purchase and reach the ripe old age of 10 without worrying about whether or not your car will make it through another year.
Here are a few key tips that every used car buyer should follow:
The biggest, and most important rule in used car ownership is to do research. There’s no reason to purchase something without knowing all you can about it first. By doing research you can learn about the specific car model’s history, any and all problems that it might have had in the past, and what kind of care’s needed to keep it in top shape.
The second biggest rule to remember is to educate yourself about what you’re getting into. Many people wish they had been more informed about the car they were buying just before purchasing it, and now find themselves having to make costly repairs or be at the mercy of their previous owner’s decisions.
See it In Person
Don’t fall for the Craigslist scams and see the car in person before buying. There are plenty of “too good to be true” deals on Craigslist that appear to have a steal of a price but come with hidden costs that make the car more expensive than advertised.
Check Under the Hood
Once you have seen the car in person, ask to check under the hood, learn how everything works and make sure that you understand its basic components. Take the time to figure out everything you can so you know exactly what it will take to keep your car on the road.
Inspect The Car
After running a car over at least 20 times, most of the major things are bound to give out, especially if you’re not actively driving. When you come to test drive a used car that needs work, make sure you do it in person and check for major problems under the hood, as well as underneath or in between the wheels.