A few smart tips for the used car buyer

by | Dec 4, 2015 | Automotive

Years ago buying a used car usually meant ending up with someone else’s problems, what it means today is that you get a great car for less money. New cars depreciate quickly, the moment the front wheels have left the lot the car is worth thousands of dollars less; this is not the case with used cars. There are used Honda cars for sale in Michigan that have many thousands of trouble free miles left in them, but even at that it is important that you do your homework before committing to the purchase.

Today, the first stop that anyone that is contemplating buying a used car is the internet. There are numerous web sites that are dedicated to bringing unbiased information to the car buying public. Visit these sites, the more you know in advance the better prepared you will be when you start “kicking the tires.”

Once you have researched the car that you are interested in the next step is to decide if you will buy it from a private party or from a dealer. The truth is; dealers are the better option, if something should go wrong you have recourse but the price will be a little higher as well as the dealer must profit from the deal in order to cover all the overheads of running a business. If you decide to purchase a used car from a private party you are taking a significant risk. You absolutely must take the vehicle to an independent mechanic for a thorough inspection. The inspection will cost but it is about the only way to determine if you are about to buy the current owners problems.

Of course low mileage used Honda cars for sale in Michigan is preferable but that does not mean you should not pay attention to the maintenance records. A car that has been well maintained is easily as important as a car with low mileage. The beauty of buying from a dealer is the fact that the dealer knows the vehicles history. A responsible dealer will provide you with a vehicle history report from CarFax.

When you buy from a dealer there may be a limited warranty, make sure you find out the details. If the car is reasonably new it should still be covered by what’s left of the factory warranty, get this transferred into your name.

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