What to look for when buying a used car

By Brown Ezilon.com Articles Published 07/9/2009 | Auto and Trucks

When you really cannot afford to spend a capital on a brand new car, then a used car is your only option. Sometimes buying a used car can actually be an advantage with some models, as they may have some recurrent defects that can be corrected, or parts changed during the first two years of the cars life and warranty, leaving you with a used but improved car.

If you stick to a few essential rules when purchasing your used car you will not be in for any unpleasant surprises later. The great advantage of a used car is obviously the price, for the cost of a new car quickly depreciates in its first years of life. In fact as it is driven out of the car dealer, the new car has already lost ten percent of its total cost!

When you decide to buy a new car and head to the dealer, generally you will never end up paying the price that is on the catalogue, which I find pretty much frustrating. You will generally need to add extra taxes, or pay for options, as in if you do not like the bright pea green version the car comes in and wish to order another colour! When you buy a used car you are sure the price will not budge.

Used cars can sometimes be a gamble, however, you cannot be sure of the cars accident or mechanical history. You may be faced with problems such as a worn transmission or brake system, so it is important to check as many elements in the car before you decide to buy it. A test drive is important but it is not the only check you should be putting the car through.

Once you have chosen the model you are interested in, try and gather as much data on the car type as possible. Check all the reliability rates, what kind of defects that car may have and where you should be looking when examining the engine and car itself. Car reviews can help you with this process; you can find the maintenance costs, gas consumption and upkeep of determined models.

If you still are not sure on the model you want, you must, during the research process narrow your choice down to two or three models, you have to be sure of the model you intend to buy and what to expect. Do not make the mistake of just buying any model of car because the price seems reasonable.

You should buy a car whose spare parts are reasonably priced, for you might be compelled to change quite a few, and you do not want to end up spending thousands of dollars for a new shock absorber or transmission box.

Carefully leaf through the cars history records to avoid purchasing cars with recurrent problems, do not simply buy a model based on what others may tell you.

The last step is to check the paper work carefully, especially when dealing with a private owner, make sure there are no liens against the car and that the person who is selling is the actual owner. If you are scrupulous with your research work, a used car can turn out to be the perfect solution for you.