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What to Consider Before Buying a Used Car

Tips on Buying a Second-Hand Vehicle


Are you in the market for a used car? Buying a new-to-you car can seem like a pain, but it can be enjoyable if you know what to consider beforehand. Whether you’re buying from a registered dealer or a private seller, there are some precautions you should take when buying a used vehicle.



Before you figure out how much you should spend on a car, first work out how much you can afford to spend. You should be comfortable to make payments or purchase the car outright, depending on your finances. Figure out a few makes and models of vehicles you are interested in purchasing, then look up the Kelley Blue Book value for those vehicles and see what they’re going for in your area.



The market is often saturated with efficient and reliable used cars. In general, you will want to look for vehicles and car brands that have a good reputation for not breaking down. You should also look to see if the vehicle comes with a complete service history.



Take time to inspect the vehicle. Look for any signs of damage. See if the locks are different from one another, as changed locks could indicate that the car’s been broken into before. Pull up carpets and trims for signs of hidden welds, and look for poor paintwork that doesn’t match properly.


Test Drive

Once you’ve found a car or two you’re interested in, call the dealership and let them know. It’s worth calling ahead so that you can make your visit as efficient as possible.



The sticker price doesn’t have to be the final cost. The used car dealer may be willing to negotiate a little. Don’t hesitate to ask for a lower price.


Happy car shopping!


Car insurance is there when you need it the most. To secure reliable coverage, contact the experts at Little & Sons Insurance Services. Serving Banning and the surrounding cities in California, we are ready to assist you with all your insurance needs.


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