When talking about buying used cars, there are lots of things that can go wrong. You can stumble upon a greedy or sneaky seller, and without knowing it, end up with a terrible car that is bound to become your worst nightmare…
This is exactly why we have recommended buying from used car auctions of from dealerships, because they usually have more respect for the needs of the customer. Well, the dealership does, the auction is actually a toss of a coin, because you can’t really blame anyone in case of a failure.
However, in case your mind is set on buying a certain car, the most important thing you need to take into account is to pace yourself. Take your time, do the research, talk to a mechanic, do everything you need to do before the purchase. No matter just how in love you are with a car, do not buy on impulse. This is actually the worst thing you could do. If you feel like that certain car may be “the one”, don’t strike a deal the first time you get to see it. You opinion on that car is probably only based on looks and we all know that looks can be deceiving.
If you are set on buying that car, you will probably end up checking it out in the least ideal conditions. You will probably say yes to a meeting somewhere in the evening, when it’s dark and you can’t see much. You might say yes to a meeting on bad weather and so on. You may even skip the part where you get a professional or at least a semi – professional opinion about the car. It other words, when buying a used car on impulse you are signing up for weeks or even months of regrets and god knows how much money spent in vain.
So the best thing you can do is to tone down your excitement and do things the right way. Take a good look at the car, analyze all its good and its bad parts and in the end make an informed decision, not one based on feelings. Who knows, maybe you inner child will end up owning the car, but you’d better be safe than sorry, right?
And speaking about inspecting, you should not just check up the car, you should take a look at the owner as well. You can probably tell if he is a trustworthy person or not. You can probably tell if he just wants to get rid of the car, if he took care of it or not. Believe it or not, these things are quite important and you can easily turn the odds in your favor if the owner is just as clueless as you are.