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How To Buy Used Cars
Shopping for a used car is like going on a treasure hunt. There are amazing deals out there, and with the emergence of the Internet as a car shopping tool, you have every chance of finding a good deal on a car that meets your needs and fits your budget.
Before we go into detail, here’s an overview of the steps you’ll need to take to buy a used car:
Set your budget. Decide how much you can spend on a car and how you’re going to pay for it.
Choose the right car. Pick the right model based on your needs.
Check reliability and ownership costs. Choose a car that’s less likely to break down — and won’t break the bank.
Locate good used cars. Search online classifieds or do it the old-fashioned way, by walking the car lot.
Price the cars. Use pricing guides and find out what experts say the car you’ve chosen is worth.
Check the vehicle history report. Use the car’s vehicle identification number to see its history.
Contact the seller. Save time by calling the seller and asking questions before you take a look.
Go on a test drive. Decide if this is the right car for you and if it’s in good shape.
Negotiate the best price. Use the information you’ve gathered in your car search to agree to a fair price.
Close the deal. Whether you’re on the car lot or buying from a neighbor, you have to handle the payment and paperwork correctly.
How to buy Used Trucks
We talked to two retired mechanics and here is the advice in details which he felt all used-truck buyers need to know before spending their money.
12 Point Truck Inspection Checklist:
Examine the truck only in daylight; even a well-lit lot will conceal defects and hamper a good inspection. You should also be on level ground in order to check the fluids correctly.
Check each opening and body-panel joint for fit. Run your hand along the bottom of the doors and check for hard, rusty edges. Check the panels along the body from back to front; if they seem wavy or uneven, check them with a magnet (plastic body repairs won't attract a magnet).
If there are any raised spots on the roof, it means rust underneath. A more extended inspection of that area might be necessary if you want to buy that vehicle.
Look at the inside of each tire for signs of leakage (brake fluid, grease) and tread wear.
Raise the hood, remove the radiator cap and take a look at the coolant fluid. Usually it will be greenish in color. If the color seems wrong, or if the fluid has rust in it, the engine will probably have a tendency to overheat. If you are unsure of the quality of the fluid, an inexpensive tester would be a good investment. Next, examine the air filter for excessive dirt, as well the surface of the engine itself. Large amounts of grease or oil deposited on the engine are an indication that it wasn't well cared for. Look for recent engine work, like edges of new gaskets showing. Most engines will go 70,000 to 80,000 miles before any major engine work is necessary, but all motors should be checked thoroughly in case the previous owner's favorite hobby was drag racing. If the car has an automatic transmission, check the transmission dip stick. If the oil on the stick has a burnt smell (like burnt cork), back away! This usually means transmission trouble on the horizon.