Getting the Best Deal on a Used Car

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Buying a used car is an excellent way for most people to get the vehicle they want. They are more affordable than buying new, and you will be able to get more of what you want in a car.

Buying a used car can also be tricky since you don’t know if it might have mechanical problems or other issues.

Here are some ideas to help you buy the best used cars to choose from for your situation

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There are a lot of ways to get financing for buying a car. You can go through the dealership, a lender, or a bank.

Getting financing through the dealership is probably going to cost you more in the long run, even though it is convenient at the moment. Interest rates through the dealership are going to be very high.

Your best option is probably going to be to go through your current bank. Existing customers typically get better deals, since there is a relationship already formed there.

Just be sure to do your research and find what will work best for you. 

Test Drives

Whatever car you decide to buy, you should always take it on a test drive at least once before buying.

Ideally, it would be best if you took it on a couple of test drives. While test driving be sure to pay attention to how the car handles, the brakes, how it idles, how comfortable you feel driving it, and test all the controls for heating/air, wipers, etc.

You want to get a good idea of what driving the car will be like all the time. 

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No Impulse Buying

It can be tempting to buy the first car you find to get the process over with, especially if you like the car. Resist the urge to get pulled in by the first car, or even the first dealership.

You want to be entirely sure of your purchase, so take your time. Don’t let anyone rush you, and stick to what you know you want. 


The more research you do before you go to buy your car, the more confident you will be at the dealership. It will help if you research the makes and models of vehicles you might be interested in buying.

You should also look up the value of both your current car if you are trading it in and the car you are hoping to buy. Knowing the values of cars will make you an effective negotiator. 

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Mechanical Check

You should always take a used car to a mechanic before you buy it. Have a trusted mechanic do a full overview of the entire car to find any problems that might exist.

Besides issues that already exist, you will want to know any systems that are getting older that might need to be replaced in the near future.

When you buy a used car, you are also purchasing all the repairs and upkeep that the car will need. 

Extended Warranty

Most dealerships will try to sell you on getting an extended warranty. This is usually expensive and unnecessary.

Your car, even if it is used, will come with a manufacturer’s warranty that will cover more things than an extended warranty.

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