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Important Things To Know When Buying Used Cars From a Dealer

There are a lot of people who would prefer buying used or pre-loved cars. Even if you can actually see a lot of good, brand new choices these days, a lot of people can still see some compelling choices that to buy a used one.

The thing about used car is that you might have been longing for a particular model to own for so many years now and perhaps you’ll be able to get that particular model now at its depreciated price. You may also have the cash to afford a used car without problems but you don’t want to get yourself involved with several years of payment that you might be required with a brand new car. You may have also seen a lot more value in a used car compared to a brand new car most especially if you only have a small business and you can save more cash if you do this.

However, you should also consider the fact that these used cars might already have its pitfalls. The thing about used cars is that you can’t really expect it to have everything running perfectly because its reliability is hugely dependent on many things such as the mileage of the car, the manufacturer’s engineering, as well as the driving and maintenance habits of the previous owner. You may want to keep the following things in mind whenever you plan to go for a used car:

Expect to replace more parts with higher mileage. You may start replacing inexpensive things like brake pads and fuel filters, but you should know for a fact that this could actually get bigger such as having to deal with transmission overhaul or even a new radiator or perhaps a replacement of A/C compressor. You should probably get a copy of the periodic maintenance of the car so that you’ll know exactly what you’re getting yourself into.

You should never be cheap. You can always be thrifty but avoid delaying replacements of worn parts because you’ll end up having to spend more. In case of the cooling system, delaying its needed replacement will only cause a domino effect.

You have to have enough budget for two things: initial car purchase and for necessary replacements. It would be best if you have at least 20% of the purchase price to make it your “fix-it” budget. With this, you’ll have a proper budgets for parts that already need replacing.

Never forget to do your research on the particular car. If you’re interested in a particular model, you should talk with friends who also owned such model so that you’ll know better regarding the reputation of such car.