Buying a used car in 7 steps

There are many people who consider reasonable buying a used car and save thousands of dollars. Still, it may be difficult to make up one’s mind in such a variety of choices. Moreover, purchasing a used car requires particular knowledge and special carefulness. That’s why we have made a list of simple steps to your deal.

The budget
While planning your budget for an expected car, consider a few things: the car price itself, interest payments if you take out a loan, maintenance expenses, insurance and some extra money in case of unexpected repairs.

Make a list
Different brands cost different prices, and it concerns used cars too. Compare several cars with similar characteristics and then look for ones with the same price in both the cases considering different brands. This way you will faster find a proper variant. Depending on your budget and needs, make a list of three cars. If you cherish the quality first of all, look for certified pre-owned cars. They are marked CPO and have long-term warranties from manufacturers. Also, prices differ in a great way because of the location. Usually, the most expensive are CPO cars, while private-party vehicles are the cheapest. Still, the price of a Nissan Rogue, for example, can vary in different areas.

Use directory websites
Directory sites come very useful in searching for any goods. Talking about cars, you can easily find one that meets your needs because of specifications and filters that narrow the search. Try to find a let’s say Nissan Jukein your area and filter the results according to the transmission or color to understand how to use such sites.

Talk to the seller
After choosing a car, you need to contact the seller. If it is a private-party seller, you can ask him some questions about the car’s condition. If it’s a dealership, find out is the car still available. Negotiate the price only after you saw the car.

Have a test-drive
Arrange a meeting with the seller and test-drive the car. While test-driving, pay attention to details. Consider the work of all the mechanisms, try the seats and headlights, make sure that you are comfortable in the vehicle and it works. After it, ask the seller to show you the service records to see if the car had the proper maintenance.

Never be afraid of negotiating the price. Think beforehand about the sum you are ready to pay but don’t  say it at once. It’s better to start with a lower number. Use the results of your local price research as supporting arguments. Agree to make a deal only if you and the seller came to a price that is near the average one.

Fill in the papers
If you are working with a dealership, you need to sign the contract for the deal and accept or refuse some additional options. If you are buying the car from the owner, be sure to take the car’s title and registration. In both the cases make insurance for the car and, of course, enjoy the drive!