Tips to Buying a Used Car

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Use these tips to make sure you purchase is full of love and peace.

Sometimes, the car that seems like a good deal has a not so pretty history. But, by asking the right questions and checking everything out, you can make sure you’re getting the right information to make the best decision possible!

Before You See the Car:

  1. How many miles does the car have on it?
  2. Is there a salvage title on the car?
  3. How many previous owners have there been?
  4. What condition is the interior and exterior of the car in?
  5. Has the car ever been in an accident?

When You See the Car:

  1. Does the car have a warranty?
  2. May I have the car checked out by a mechanic of my choosing?
  3. Are there any recalls for this model?
  4. May I see maintenance records and the title?
  5. May I take it for a test drive?

Some additional tips for when you’re checking out the car:

  1. Make sure you are viewing the car during daylight hours.
  2. Make sure to test the car out on different types of roads at different speeds.
  3. Check the responsiveness of the brakes.
  4. Be on the lookout for any vibrations or strange noises when you do your test drive.
  5. Make sure all buttons are working correctly.
  6. Check for signs of scratches, dents, rust, even treads on tires.
  7. Look under the hood for oil level, cracks in hoses or belts and the condition of the radiator.
  8. Beware of green or orange stains when checking under the hood. These are indicative of a leak.

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4 thoughts on “Tips to Buying a Used Car

  1. Taylor Hicken

    I’ve been searching for a new car for the past month, and nothing seems to work out for my husband and I. As we go to look at new cars, they’re either over priced or they’ve got issues. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to find a car soon, that way I don’t have to worry about my husband always taking me to work.

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  2. Ernest London

    Thanks for the tips for buying a used car. My wife and I really want to buy a used car for our son so he can learn to drive. I like that you mentioning to find out if the car has been in an accident before you visit. Most of the time, you won’t be able to tell from looking at it, so it is a good idea to find out beforehand.

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  3. Kourtney Jensen

    I love the tips and steps in which to take for buying a car. It can be a difficult decision to make, I know it was for me. One thing that you pointed out is to see if the car has a salvaged title. I feel like this is important because there could have been damage to the frame, which is something that you’d want to have double checked by a mechanic, if that is something the dealership would let you do. There are so many cars available for purchasing and these are great tips on how to pick one out!

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  4. Ernest London

    I like that you mentioned to ask a seller if you can have the car checked by a mechanic of your choosing. That way, you can make sure the car has nothing wrong with it and you can feel comfortable investing in it. I am trying to find a used car to buy for my son, but I want to make sure it is in great shape. I will be sure to ask about this, thanks for sharing.

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