Sunday, February 4, 2007

Buying A Used Cars: These Amazing Tips Could Save You Tens of Thousands! by Bryan Matikcars

We live a world that is fast paced and a necessity to own a vehicle in order to keep up. Imagine life without a car. How could you manage your life, get to where you needed to go and be there on time. More and more people these days have to own a car in order to get through their day. With the rising technology of cars, so do the prices rise. It can be difficult for people to be able to afford a car. Most people need to consider all of their options if they cannot afford a brand new car. They can consider purchasing a used vehicle. But just where do you start?

If you want to save money in the long run, buying a used car is a great idea. Also, if you are looking for that specific model of a luxury car but know that you cannot afford a brand new one, think about a used one. Make sure to do your research first. Know exactly what you are looking for before going.

When buying a used car, the first thing that you need to consider is how much you are willing to put out and spend on your wheels. It is important to know exactly who much you can spend before even stepping foot into a dealership. This is best done by figuring out how much you make a month and then deducting all of your expenses. This will leave you with your net income. Once you have this, you need to make the decision about how much you can spend on a car. You also need to figure out how much down payment you can pay out and how much of a monthly payment you can afford. Also keep in mind that you will need to register the car, pay for gas and maintenance, and pay for insurance.

Some other advice for purchasing a used car is to make sure that you contact your insurance company to find out what kind of vehicle safety feature will allow you a discount on your car insurance. Some insurance companies give discounts if your vehicle has airbags, automatic seat belts, theft deterrent systems, and even anti lock braking systems. This can help you make a more informed decision about which used vehicle you are going to purchase.

Another thing to consider is to make sure that what you are buying is not a money drainer. It is always wise to make sure that an inspection is done on the car, preferably before purchasing it. Go online to CARFAX with a VIN number to find out as much history about the car as you can. See if there are any service records for you to look at. These things seem tedious, but in the long run, it will prevent you from purchasing a car that will cause you headaches in future.

Finally, keep in mind that if you purchase a car from a private seller, there is not warranty. If you purchase from a dealer, some used cars will have a partial warranty still attached to it. If you have any doubts or reservations about the vehicle, then chances are, you should not purchase it.

About the Author

Bryan Matikcars an ex-salesman in the auto industry and is a regular writer and consultant for {a href=} Sacramento Used Cars and works on Ethics with dealers nationwide.

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