Tips on Buying a Used Car

Man people with bad credit opt to buy a used car or truck.  A used vehicle is more affordable to buy, cheaper to insure, and depending on the price, a used car loan may be easier to get than a new car loan.

That said, a used vehicle often doesn’t come with the same warranties as a car right off the showroom floor.  Here are several tips to keep in mind when buying a used car:

  • Try to meet the seller 15 or 20 minutes before to the agreed appointment time.  You want to catch the seller red-handed if he or she is trying to cover up problems at the last minute.
  • Determine if the car has been running by putting your hand on the hood.  If there are problems cold-starting the vehicle, the seller may have tried to warm it up before you got there.
  • Don’t be afraid to get dirty, to reach under the hood and get down on the ground to check the undercarriage.  Old clothes are usually best.
  • Test drive the vehicle.  Roll down a window and listen for anything strange.
  • BRING a checklist such as the one we’ve linked below.  If you don’t inspect the vehicle properly, you’re taking a big risk.  There are plenty of lemons and junkers out there with spotless exteriors — don’t get stuck with one.

Checklist for buying a used car or truck:

Lastly, we at caution you against ever buying a used vehicle “sight unseen” — the risks are simply too great.  If you’d like to see price quotes for vehicles in your area, try the nifty qouting widget we’ve included below: