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When you choose a used car, you have several options

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-10-30

The Right Price

A used car will usually offer a better value than buying a new car, since it will have mileage on it, yet most cars are designed to last 100,000 miles or more. The wear and tear shown (or not) on the car will also have an impact on the price. Determine a range that you want to spend, and then research what makes and models of cars are available within that range.

Auto Features

Do you want a used car with all the bells and whistles including electric seats and windows, sun-roof, leather upholstery, excellent audio equipment and an in-car DVD player and GPS system? The color of the car, wheels and tires and the auto trim will also make a difference in the price. If you do want to specify those features, you should be prepared to pay a bit more than the Blue Book value listed. When you are going to insist on any of those features, specify them right away when shopping with a representative at the dealership.


What will you be using your used car for? An owner who will be doing a lot of highway driving should focus on factors such as comfort and ride, gas mileage and auto crash worthiness (which can be checked with the Insurance Industry for Highway Safety).

If it will be doing quite a bit of in-town driving, as well as freeway driving, a used car should be checked for the quality of its brakes, tires and engine wear, and a service record of the car should be present.

Used Car Auto History

A car that has received regular oil changes, brake service and engine checks and adjustments will make it last longer and drive better. If purchasing from a private individual, ask to see the auto service records. Ask if how it has been used - more city driving than highway (as highway driving is less harsh on a car) or if its ever been used as a service vehicle. When you purchase a certified pre owned (CPO) car from a dealership, you will have an assurance that the car is in good condition.

Car Condition

While a car may be clean and look in good shape on the outside, there can always be issues with repairs or damage to the interior of the car. Carefully view the exterior of the car in the light and when it is dry to make sure you are not overlooking any body damage. And ask if the car has ever been in an accident. Inside, check to make sure there is no mold or musty smell occurring because of a leak in the body. A test drive in which you use the windows, blinkers, lights and brights, windshield wipers, door locks and other automated parts is essential, as you also test the acceleration, brakes, steering and overall ride. Check the tires and look under the body of the car for rust as well.

Ultimately, when you are choosing a used car, the features and condition of the car that you choose will all be reflected in the price you pay, so set your budget and get shopping!

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