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Tips For Buying A Used Car


Whether it is brand new, pre-owned or used, buying a car is a big purchase, and often requires significant consideration before you commit to a final decision. In the past, buying a used car sometimes meant gambling on whether or not you were getting a quality vehicle within your budget. Fortunately today, it is a lot easier for potential used car buyers to determine whether or not a used car is truly worth the asking price. Below, you`ll find ten simple tips that will help you find a quality used car within your budget.

Stick to your budget

When buying a car, it can be easy to get distracted by all the special offers and more costly models on the lot. Due to this fact, it is important to set a budget for yourself and stick to it no matter what. A good rule to keep in mind is that your monthly car payments should not exceed 20% of your monthly income.

Buy from a registered dealer

When you buy from a registered car dealer, you will be taking a lot of the guesswork out of the process, mainly due to the fact that a dealer has to be more transparent about the cars they sell than a private seller. In addition, a dealer can offer more selection and competitive pricing compared to a private seller, giving you more options and ways to save money.

Compare prices

In many ways this is another benefit of buying from a registered dealer. If you aren`t sure why a certain vehicle costs as much as it does, you can ask a dealer directly. It usually has to do with additional features or future maintenance costs, which should also be factors in your final decision making, along with price.

Do your research

Before you even set foot on a dealer`s lot, it’s important to get a good idea of exactly what you are looking for, and what is available in your price range. You can do a lot of research about particular makes and car models online by checking reviews on used car sites and forums.

Get a vehicle history report

After you`ve completed your initial research and found the car that you think would best suit your budget and your needs, be sure to get a history report on that vehicle. This is a fairly simple process that can be accomplished using such services as CarProof, and it can go a long way towards helping you make a purchase you won`t regret in the future.

 Before you buy

Ask for a current mechanical inspection report or get your own inspection.

Take a test drive

Test drive the vehicle for at least 30 minutes and check all the features.

Seal the deal

Once you’ve picked the right car and negotiated the right price, you should be prepared to finalize the deal. This usually means reviewing the sales contract thoroughly and making some final decisions on additional purchases, such as an extended warranty. Once you’re sure the deal is completely closed, you can relax and get on the road with your new purchase.
For more information, feel free to contact us or you can check out our website. If you are in the New Westminster area, feel free to stop by De Vellis Auto Centre Located at 124 E. Columbia & Brunette, New Westminster,BC to check out our great selection of quality pre-owned vehicles.


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  1. Stephen Adams says:

    Great advice about the duration of the test drive. I bought my Buick Regal used and only took it for a joy ride around the block. I didn’t notice that it needed new struts and CV joints until after the paperwork was done. I’m going to be more thorough next time by driving longer.

  2. Kraig Strede says:

    Most of those “no payments for a year” or “no interest for a year” are banking on, much like the warranty companies, the fact that most people will not pay off the balance in the specified period of time, or miss a payment or make a payment late, along the way, which usually makes them subject to some astronimcal fee, or accumulated interest. Once that accumulated interest hits, your balance may have effectively doubled and could possibly alter your repayment arrangement. Read the fine print

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  5. Gregory Willard says:

    I agree that you should set a budget for yourself and stick to it no matter what. When I was buying my first car, I had no budget and no idea what I wanted. I really regret not having a budget, because I ended up spending more than I wanted to .

  6. Skylar Williams says:

    I’m a big fan of comparing prices. I’ll ask the dealer directly for more accurate pricing when I go in. I’ll usually check online sellers before I go into an actual dealership.

  7. Olivia Nelson says:

    I agree that you would want to do your research into the dealer and the car before you buy a used car. I would imagine that taking the time to find out as much as possible about a car would be really helpful. I’m looking to buy a used car so I’ll have to do some research before I choose someone.

  8. Tiffany Locke says:

    Getting a good idea of exactly what you are looking for before you go to a dealer is a good idea. Knowing what type of vehicle you want will probably help you when you are choosing where to buy your car. Doing research would also help you know what types of cars will run best and be suited for driving in your area.

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  10. Kyle Winters says:

    I remember my mother-in-law going into a lot to get a used car and driving out with a new one a few years ago. The article isn’t kidding when it says you need to avoid all of the special offers and flashy deals. Instead, you need to review your budget and stick to it when you walk into that dealership.

  11. Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you talked about the importance of educating yourself about the type of car you want before visiting dealerships. I can see that doing this can help you make sure you save time and money while you search for the type of car you want. Personally, I would want to make sure I compare several dealerships and check on the prices of the cars I’m considering in orde to find the right deal for my money.

  12. Kourtney Jensen says:

    My sister wants to get a car so I’m helping her in the process. I like that you mentioned getting a car from a registered dealer. There’s a lot of comfort knowing that the car has gone through inspection and is in full working order prior to purchasing it. I’ll be sure we go to dealerships to look for cars within her budget there.

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  14. Megan says:

    We are looking for a new used car for our family. I like that you mentioned getting our own current mechanical inspection. Usually, we get the history with the car. It would be nice to know the current condition of the car as well.

  15. Roger Middleton says:

    My wife and I have been looking for a car because hers is starting to break down and it’ll be easier to just get another car. I liked that you had mentioned that it can be very important to stick to your budget to avoid having very expensive car payments. We’ll have to start doing some research on a budget and hopefully, we can find a place that has a pre-owned Chrysler since that’s her favorite type of vehicle.

  16. Callum Palmer says:

    I do like that the article recommends buying from a registered dealer when you’re looking for a used car. After all, a registered dealer will at least make sure that the car you are going to buy actually works and works well. They’ll also probably be more than happy to let you give it a test drive since they do actually want to sell the car to you.

  17. Elsa Anderson says:

    My husband and I recently got married, and we realized we may need a second car! We have never bought a used car before, so I am really glad that I found this article! I like that you say to get a vehicle history report and to take a test drive so that you can check all of the features. Also, I agree that you should stick to a budget and stick to it! I will share these tips with my husband in our search for our car! Thank you!

  18. Schiro Ackermann says:

    It sure got my attention when you said that it is a lot better to buy from a registered car dealer as they are more transparent with the cars that they sell, and they offer more competitive prices. If that is the case, then I will surely suggest that my parents get their new car from a dealer. I guess it does not really matter if they are planning to buy a new or used car, just as long as they can buy it from a reliable store. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Ria Amelia Lawrence says:

    It sure was great to know that by buying a car from a dealer, I will have more options to choose from as well as benefit from being offered more competitive pricing as compared to private sellers. If so, then I will consider buying a car from a dealer for my next car. I have always been interested in buying a used car, but I do not know the place to buy one. Anyway, thank you for sharing the details!

  20. Jaguar Mechanic Poway says:

    Wow! These are really great tips! In addition before buying a used car you need to get it checked it by a professional mechanic. It is important because a professional mechanic inspects a used car properly and can easily notice any problem in the car.

  21. Ron Booker says:

    I liked your idea of comparing vehicles with other dealerships and see who has better prices. My wife and I want to buy our daughter a used vehicle, but we want to make sure we buy one that will meet her needs. We will consider the advice and visit a few dealerships so we can find her the right car.

  22. Ron Booker says:

    I liked that you said that one thing to consider buying a used vehicle is to make sure that you purchase a warranty with the car in order to provide you with comfort that you will receive help if any issue were to come up after making the purchase. I have been thinking about buying a used vehicle but I have been worried that I would end up spending a lot of money on major repairs. I will be sure to buy a used car that has a warranty so that I can have peace of mind that I will have some form of coverage.

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