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Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Used Car

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Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Used Car
Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Used Car

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While it would be great to have the funds to buy a brand new car, the possibility is out of the price range for many of us. Thankfully, the used car market is huge, so it is possible to drive out of a lot with a nice set of wheels at an affordable price.

However, mistakes can be made, especially by new drivers who have little experience in car buying.

We are going to have a look at some of those mistakes in this article. Read them, heed them, and make every effort to avoid them.

#1: Not budgeting before purchase

Buying a car can be a relatively painless experience, as even if you don’t have the funds to buy outright, you could take out a loan or buy a car on finance. Check out the financing options at ReallyEasyCarCredit, for example. However, care needs to be taken. Not only do you need to ensure you have the ability to make repayments on the loan or finance deal you have taken out, but you also need to consider road tax, insurance, and fuel costs. If you’re not careful, you could place yourself in financial jeopardy. So, have a long hard look at your finances before buying, and work out what you can reasonably afford, as this way, you will be able to make wiser decisions when you’re shopping for cars and discussing finance or loan options with dealerships and creditors.

#2: Buying a car based on its looks

This is an easy mistake to make because not many of us want to drive around in a car that doesn’t look the part. However, no matter how dazzled you are by a car’s colour or design, there are other factors you need to consider. You need to think about practicality for a start. It’s no good buying a good looking car if it can’t accommodate your family, for example, or if it isn’t comfortable for you to drive. And going back to our last point, you need to think of affordability too. You need to curb the temptation to choose something for aesthetic beauty alone, so have practicality and affordability in mind when you’re shopping around.

#3: Not carrying out the requisite checks

There is much you need to do before deciding on a car. For starters, you need to take the car for a decent test drive (an hour or more), as you will be able to get a feel on how comfortable the car is for you, and you will be able to check for faults. Secondly, you should get a qualified mechanic to give the car an inspection, as there may be issues that your amateur eye can’t see. And you should ask the dealer for a vehicle history report, as you want to make sure the car hasn’t had too many problems in the past when buying. On this point, you will usually need to pay for a vehicle history report yourself if buying from a private seller, so use services such as AutoCheck to help you avoid a scam. With these checks in place, you will then be in a better position to know whether the car is worth your hard-earned money or not.

So, take each of these mistakes into consideration when you’re next shopping around for a car. Hopefully, you will then make a sensible purchase and buy a car that will serve both your practical and financial needs for many years to come.


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