Buying a Used Car? Research!

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My oldest is about to turn 16.  That means driver’s license and car.  I remember the kind of abuse that I put my first car through when I was 16.  With that in mind, I’m not willing to put any sort of investment in getting him a brand new car.  (My own van is far from new.  There’s no way my kid is getting a nicer vehicle than I’ve got myself!)

The great news is, buying a used car is easier than it used to be.  There’s the internet now.  You can shop for anything car related on the internet: parts, auto insurance, and even cars themselves.  But at the same time, the internet has made it a bit more difficult for the honest person, too.

Looking to buy a used car? Use common sense when shopping online.  Shop at reputable websites.  Check out the car in person.  The biggest and best advice, of course, is to get the vehicle checked out by a mechanic of your choosing.  It’s an expense, but it could prevent you from buying a lemon.  While I’m not interested in spending a fortune on my son’s first car, I’m not interested in buying something unreliable that will leave him on the side of the road.  I want something safe, reliable, and reasonably priced.  An independent evaluation can do that.

I also want to avoid scam artists, so that means that any payment will be done in person instead of online.  And of course, once all of that is done, I’ll go to Insurance Hunter to make sure that I get the best rate with the best features for my new addition to my policy.

Have you ever bought a used car?  What advice do you have for used car shoppers?

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About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. A great point! Be SURE to do some type of research, I learned that the hard way!

  2. A great point! Be SURE to do some type of research, I learned that the hard way!

  3. Best thing one can do is getting the car check out by their mechanic. Thanks for the info.

  4. Best thing one can do is getting the car check out by their mechanic. Thanks for the info.

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