Whether you’re buying brand-new cars or trusty used cars in Indianapolis, all you have to do is find the one that strikes your fancy the most, pay up, and jump in, right? Not so. According to Suzanne Kane, a writer from The Car Connection, you also “need to know what you want and (that) you are looking for a good deal.” No car buyer doesn’t want a good deal, so in order to get just that, here are some quick tips for buying used cars.
Focus on needs, not wants
Focus on what you need then set your budget limit. For example: if you’re an average chap with a family, you’ll probably want to get a simpler compact sedan worth $5000 which can comfortably sit your wife and kids for regular trips, rather than a 2-seater sports car for the same price just so you could show off.
Do your research
Ask the dealer for information regarding the past owner, and how the car was used and maintained. If possible, find out if the car had been previously damaged and the former owner had it repaired, been labeled a “lemon” (a car found to possess defects after being purchased), or had its odometer rolled back. You should also consider the car’s make and manufacturer, especially if you’re looking for a specific model.
Check the pricing
Determine if the dealer’s being honest about the price. Resources like the Kelley Blue Book or the NADA (National Automobile Dealer Association) Official Used Car Guide are invaluable in checking whether the car is priced reasonably according to specific factors like model, manufacturing year, and condition.
Inspect the car
Once you’ve decided which one, do an initial inspection. Check the frame, tires, exterior, and interior. A car with a rusty frame isn’t structurally sound; uneven and worn-out tires indicate axle assembly misalignment and recent paint jobs may indicate covered-up body damage like dents. The interior is also important; if the car’s odometer shows low miles but the seating and dash look busted, then you should be wary. If nothing’s out of the ordinary, test-drive the car to feel the engine, transmission, and drivetrain out.
Last but not least, look for a reputable used car dealer like Xtreme Motors. If need be, seek help from friends and acquaintances who may have bought a used car for sale in Indianapolis. That way, you know you’re getting only the best deals and products available.
(Source: Buying a Used Car; Top Used Car Buying Tips, The Car Connection, October 7, 2013)