a used car, there are plenty of options of where to buy from. Here is
a list of your options.
option would be a new-car dealership
cars are most often the trade-ins from new car puchases. Most people,
when buying a new car, trade-in their old car so most new-car dealerships
will have a large selection. Most new car dealerships will have the cars
inspected by their mechanical department and some of the used cars will
even have warranties. These cars can be bought outright or can be financed
through the dealership (if you qualify for financing).
The second option would be a used car lot
These lots vary in accountability and credibility. These lots will have
a wide assortment of cars to choose from so if you're looking for something
specific or something that's hard to find, this would be a good place
to look. Most cars on these lots are "as is". There is financing
available at most of these lots but it is normally offered at a high interest
rate. A smart idea is to get all promises and/or guarantees in writing
from the dealer before you sign anything or hand over any money.
The third option, online services
Autoweb.com offers price quotes on used cars as well as new cars.
By filling out the online form, the used car you have been looking for
could be as good as yours. Using an online service such as Autoweb.com
allows you to search the online classifieds for the used car you want
without ever leaving your desk.
The fourth option would be a rental car company
A majority of rental car companies will sell their older model cars once
they have reached a certain mileage. These cars will most likely have
high mileage and will have been used by numerous people. This can be a
downfall but they will also come with service records, which is a plus.
With this you will know how the car has been maintained.
The fifth option would be auctions
An auction usually consists of repossessed and towing yard left behinds.
Auctions are a difficult place to try and buy a used car. Before an auction
they will normally have an open lot so you can look at the cars that will
be auctioned off but none of them state starting prices for the auction
and you can't test drive them or even start them most of the time. Used
car dealers will make up the majority of the people bidding on the cars
so getting a good deal won't be easy. Some auctions will have financing
(government auctions) but most will insist on full payment up front and
some insist on cash payment before you can touch the car. This is not
a good idea for buying a used car.
The sixth option would be private sellers
sellers are usually easy to find. Classified newspaper ads, car trader
publications, and Internet classified postings are usually packed full
of private owners trying to sell their used cars. You might even find
the used car you're looking for right here at our own e-cartips classified
listings. There are also parking lots in most towns where privately sold
used cars will be parked in a row facing the street with the prices and
phone number of the contact person posted in the window. When buying a
used car from a private seller, be sure you are ready to take the car
for a test drive, look at the interior, exterior, and engine, and to ask
questions. Prepare all of your questions before you go to see the car
and make a list if you think you won't remember all of your questions.
You might also want to ask your questions over the phone when you call
to make an appointment to see the car. This will cut out a lot of unnecessary
trips to see these cars if you know ahead of time that it is not what
you are looking for.
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before buying with a vehicle history report.
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history report comes from more than 150 sources. These include:
- State Departments of Motor Vehicles
- Auto Auctions
- Canadian Motor Vehicle Departments
- Consumer Protection Agencies
- Auto Dealers and Other State Agencies.