Should you really buy that second hand car?

Lots of people buy second hand cars. Some people are lucky enough to be able to afford brand new cars. Some finance theirs, as they like to be able to say they own a new vehicle, but can’t afford the big payment upfront. Some even lease a new car, getting a new model every few years or so. However, some people don’t like the idea of not owning their car. This is why purchasing a second hand car can be easier financially and make you feel more secure. This guide will help you to work out whether you should really buy that second hand car.

Knowing What You Need/Want

Knowing what you need in a car is essential before you start looking. This will make the process less stressful and help you find a car that fits in with both your lifestyle and budget. Knowing what you want can help to, but you may need to sacrifice if you want a car that is practical for you. Make a list of things that are important, and things you definitely don’t want. This will make the viewing process so much easier.

Is It A Scam?

When you feel you’ve found a vehicle you like, knowing whether or not it’s a scam is important. Usually, it won’t be a scam, but you need to know what to look for so you don’t get caught out. If something seems to good to be true, do as much research as you can before handing over any cash.

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Is It Worth It?

Is the car you’ve found worth the asking price? Many sellers will ask for more than the car is worth to pre-empt you haggling for it. If they are asking for much more than you think it’s worth, continue looking. Usually, if you buy from a dealer like Currie Motors, you can rest assured their prices are fair.

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Can You Haggle?

Having haggling skills will help you to get a better deal. Make sure you know how much the car you’re looking at is really worth. Not only that, you should know what to look for when seeing a car in person, so you can bring these things to the attention of the seller and see if you can get further money knocked off the price.

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Have You Viewed It In Person?

It’s always a good idea to check the car out in person before you commit to buying it. This is why looking at cars in an area you are familiar with is a good idea. You don’t want to have to travel too far to get a car, as this can present difficulties. Make sure you know what to look for in person. If you don’t, take a trusted car enthusiast with you to help you. You should at least act like you know what you’re looking for!

You’ll usually get a gut feeling when you’ve found the right car, or when you haven’t. Make sure you listen to it so you get a good deal and the perfect second hand car for you!

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