Buy Like a Boss: Used Car Buying Tips

Buying a used car? Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned veteran in the pre-owned vehicle arena, used car dealerships can be tricky waters to navigate. Here’s how to get the best deal on a great car that will last you for years to come.

Create a Budget– Step one of any successful purchase is to first outline how much car you can afford. It is easy to get your head turned by an alluring sports car or tricked-out SUV that is sitting on the lot- knowing exactly what is and isn’t in your price range before beginning your car shopping journey can help you avoid painful payments down the road.

Used Car
Used Car

Make a Short List, and Stick to It– Doing your homework and finding out which makes and models of vehicles make the best used cars can help you to narrow down your search. Making a list of three specific cars that fall within your budget and meet all your needs can help you to focus.

Take Note of Pricing– When it comes to used cars, prices can be all over the map. Purchasing a used car from a private seller will usually get you the lowest selling price, but the vehicle is not guaranteed and there is no manufacturer-backed warranty, so be sure to take that into consideration. On the other end of the spectrum, Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars tend to be the most expensive, but they do carry manufacturer warranties and are guaranteed by the manufacturer and the dealership.

Check the History Report– AutoCheck and Carfax are probably the two best known vehicle history reporting companies, and will run a thorough check on the used vehicle you are considering. These detailed reports contain all sorts of vital information about the car including odometer reading, accident history, and any other essential facts that may be red flags for the potential buyer.

Take it For a Spin– Once you’ve found the used car you’re interested in and have checked the history report, make sure to take it for a test drive. Sure, the car may look great on paper, but there may be something about it that you don’t like, that you would never know if you didn’t drive it. Test drives are also a great time to tune in to every aspect of the car and assess if there are any issues with braking, headlights, A/C or any other vehicle systems. If there’s anything about the car that gives you a moment’s pause, take a step back from the sale to think it through.

Riverside Transmission is Waltham, MA’s first choice in transmission service and repair. We proudly service all makes and models of vehicle- bring your used car in for a full transmission service to get it running at the top of its game. Call today!

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