New or used cars to buy in USA?
Not every car purchase is a brand-new model. The pre-owned car market in the US is thriving, with millions of people every year enjoying the savings and other benefits that used cars bring them. That being said, others simply can’t resist that new-car smell, and will opt for a new model every time.
The problem comes when you’re not sure which way to turn first. You’re worried about getting the wrong kind of car, or something defective. You’re worried it could be the most expensive mistake you ever made. Fortunately, we have 5 tips that should save you from this outcome.
1. Establish whether you want new or used
Based on your budget and demands, decide in advance if you’re going to target new or used cars. If you want all the latest features, and/or something that’ll definitely last the next 10 years or so, then a new car is the best option. If you’re on a budget, buying a first car for a teen, or just need something practical, then a pre-owned car would likely do it.
2. Do your research
Start by viewing a wide selection of vehicles in your new or used categories. Open your mind and include makes, models and styles that you previously may have discounted. You might just find the perfect vehicle in the place you least suspect. From your research, build up a neat shortlist of perhaps 4-5 vehicles. These are your “contenders.”
3. Take test drives
The next thing you should definitely do is test drive all the contenders. With dealerships, this is easy, but you may have to make special arrangements if you’re dealing with a private seller. You should, however, be wary of any seller that denies you a test drive. Try to put the car through its paces — regular road, freeway, driving in the rain, difficult corners, stop and start, braking, parking up etc. — and get a real understanding of it.
4. Don’t bother with add-ons
When buying from a dealership, you are likely to receive the “upsell” where they try to get you to buy add-ons. Steer clear of these for now. If you want add-ons, you can get far better deals from third-party suppliers after you’ve bought the car. The car doesn’t need them, and you’re just throwing good money away.
5. Get an inspection for used cars
An independent inspector is absolutely your best friend in the car buying process. Licensed dealerships can offer somewhat better guarantees than private sellers, but whenever you’re buying a used car, a proper inspection is a good idea. They’ll check for all those things that you’d miss (unless you’re a mechanic yourself). They not only spot what’s wrong right now, but what’s going to be wrong in a year or so based on current condition.
Take your time, and don’t feel pressured
One final thing to remember is never to feel overly pressured to make snap decisions or that if you don’t buy this car, you’ll never find another like it. Sales tactics are common and understandable, but you don’t have to fall for them. Take your time, and the right car will always come along.
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