If you are buying a vehicle that is used, you need to make sure that it is right for you. Buying a Porsche Targa, may impress the neighbours, but isn’t logical if you have six children. The great thing about today’s used car market is that you can find bargains in a lot of places. You can go private, go to a dealership, or a specialist used car showroom, the choice is yours. Here are some tips about what you need to think about before any money changes hands.
Your first step
Paying monthly? Make sure that you can afford it. As a general guide don’t commit to more than 20 per cent of your monthly take home pay. When you have set the price of what you can afford, make a list of cars that suit your needs, which are in your price range. Think about the following:
Find out the places in your area that sell used cars, by either a Web search or using a more conventional method like a local newspaper or Yellow Pages. When you have located a car that you are interested in, then you need to take it for a test drive. When you are on the test drive, try and simulate the type of conditions where you will use the car. If you do a lot of motorway driving, then head for one. If you are mainly driving around town, then take it into some urban traffic.
Have it inspected by an expert. This is simpler to do if the seller is private. With a dealership, however, you still have the right to bring in your own expert.
If you are satisfied, that you have found the right car, then negotiate a deal, which suits your budget.