It has always been hard looking for and buying a car. Add in the used cars and it becomes even harder. There are already tons of cars to choose from and sometimes you have to search to find the car you want when looking for a used car. But sometimes you can find that diamond in the rough. Here are some tips to prepare yourself for buying a used car.
How much car can you afford?
If you’re taking out a loan to pay for your car, your car payment shouldn’t be more than 20 percent of your take-home pay. But use your own judgment. You know better than anyone else how much you can afford. Try to stay within that budget.
Build a list of cars you like
Like I said before, used cars are slightly harder to nail down especially if you want a specific car. Having a list of cars you’d like will help you find something that you will love but will also fit within your budget. Also, make sure to notate specific features you’d like on those cars to make the car your own.
Locate eligible cars in your area
This is where it becomes fun. Head to a local car dealership website to search for those cars that you love. Yes, you may need to search a couple of places but you should be able to find something that you love. Make sure you call the dealership to verify the car is still there and schedule a test drive.
Check the vehicle’s history report
This is something that often gets forgotten. You can check to see if anything has happened to the car before you buy it. It isn’t uncommon for places to be selling cars that may have been listed as totaled. You want to make sure to protect yourself. You can find these reports at the dealership or places like Carfax.
Try it and buy it!
After everything checks out and you love your car, buy it! It is your choice whether or not to get financing before heading to the dealership. But love your car, enjoy it!
Hopefully, this helps make the decision and search for your “new to you” used car fun for you.