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.
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.
There is no return policy once you sign unless offered by the dealer.