3 Great Basics for Buying a Used Car

June 22nd, 2012 | Car Hacks | car, hacks, used car

Principles to Follow When Buying a Used Car

When shopping for a car, there are many things that consumers should be aware of, particularly when they plan to purchase one that is used. As one adage says, 'One man’s trash is another man's treasure' there is an equal adage that says, 'One man's used car is another man's headache.' Choosing to buy used is a lofty goal and financially savvy as long as you know what to look for. Here are a few bugs to skip when buying a used car, so you don't end up with a lemon.1. Investigate the Car's History
The first rule of thumb when buying a used car is to investigate the car’s history. Cars that have been in a lot of accidents may have more damage than is seen by a naked and untrained eye. Additionally, this will ensure that the car is being sold legally, is owned by the seller and does not have a lien attached to it and that the mileage on it is accurate. A car's history can be found either through your Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency or a MOT report.

2. Research the Reputation of the Dealership
The Federal Trade Commission also advises that you find out and research the reputation and integrity of the dealership prior to buying. Word of mouth is a powerful tool so if you can get a recommendation from someone you know it’s a good idea. If you're shopping at a dealership read the fine print and ask lots of questions. One of the top bugs to skip when buying a used car is to not be misled by advertising such as 'factory certified' or false promises about warranties.

Dealerships are required by law to post within consumer's sights a buying guide for each car they sell. A buying guide will give you information about such things like: whether the car comes with a warranty and the length of it, what any advertisement of 'as is' means, any technical or mechanical issues the car has had or that you may expect as well as other pertinent information that can assist with your decision.

3. No Verbal Agreements
And do not rely on verbal agreements. They are hard to enforce and rarely reliable proof in court.