When searching for a used car, one of the most important factors to consider is
whether the car you are looking for really is worth its tag price. Even though
the car may look like quite a deal, it is possible that you are being ripped
off. Here are a few tips to help you make that decision when considering used
1. Do a Little Research
When you find a used car that catches your fancy make sure you do research on
that car. Find out how much that car costs if it were brand new. You should also
look into whether the car is still in production and if its parts are still
available. You could also try a little shop hopping to compare used car prices
among cars of the same value and same age.
If a carís price is too low, that should send you into a state of alarm. It is
possible that the car is much more trouble than it is worth.
If it is too expensive, you may want to ask why that is so.
2. The Older the Car the Cheaper is Should Become
Brand new cars typically lose up to 30% in their value in 3 years, and by the
time the car is 5 years old, it may have lost up to 65%. If you know the carís
original price, you may want to use this rule of the thumb for your estimation.
3. Use a Third-Party Information Service
Car Fax is a good way to find out about used car histories. They offer a service
that will give you a detailed history of the car you are interested in. The
information included will typically include accident history and insurance data.
Kelly Blue Book is one of the most comprehensive used car value listings around.
It would be a good idea to take a peek into their services for an updated list
of hundreds and hundreds of used car values.
4. Take a Mechanic with You
A carís value is also directly related to its running condition. If you are not
that well versed in mechanics and cars, you may want to take a mechanic along so
that he or she can evaluate whether the car really is worth the used dealerís
Some used car dealers will offer cars that are defective and try to hawk them by
sweetening the deal. Beware of these kinds of car dealers.
Try to look for a reputable dealer. The past experience of your acquaintances
will be very valuable in evaluating a car dealership.
About the Author: Gregory Ashton,
your resident automobile enthusiast, bringing to you over 20 years of vehicular
passion, and expertise; presents for your approval his insider secrets on
selecting, buying, and maintianing the car that is ideal for you.