Three Thoughts on Taking the Fear Out of Buying a Used Vehicle
If you are in the market for a new vehicle, financial experts freely admit that one of the best ways to stretch your hard-earned dollar is to shop for a used vehicle, rather than a brand new one. Some go so far as to recommend purchasing from a private party, rather than through a used car dealer. The logic is, that by purchasing a vehicle through a private sale, the buyer can avoid paying the markup required to cover a dealership’s expenses.
Unfortunately, many consumers are afraid of buying a used vehicle from a private party. Generally, those fears are based on information about the vehicle that is unknown. Who owned it, how it has been driven, and whether or not it has been in an accident are all valid concerns.
To help take some of the fear out of buying a used car or truck, Key Collision recommends the following:
When looking at used vehicles, shop for one that has a good reputation for reliability. Talk to people that own the make and model of vehicle you are looking for. Find out what, if any, issues they have experienced with said vehicle.
Once you have determined the brand of vehicle you prefer, don’t be afraid of high mileage. Quality vehicles that have long-standing reputations for being reliable are made to be extremely durable these days. A quick internet search will reveal a number of message boards where consumers can post the many thousands of miles they have traveled in their car or truck of choice. Many also comment on how many thousands of miles they got out of the vehicle before needing to address major maintenance items, so do careful research to give yourself the added peace of mind you need.
Finally, before you sign on the dotted line, have the used vehicle thoroughly inspected by a mechanic you trust. A good mechanic can point out areas of concern, spot potential maintenance issues you will have to soon deal with, and even notice accident damage that has been improperly repaired or covered up.
Don’t have a good, local mechanic that you know and trust? Our professionals at Key Collision have over forty years of experience, working with many makes and models, and would be happy to inspect any potential purchase for you. Contact us today for more information.