Do's and Don'ts when buying a Used Car
Check a used car history report This does not give you a 100%
warranty that the car is OK, but may save you some money if it
will show you some bad records, for example, if the car was
written off after an accident or has had an odometer rolled
Do ask someone knowledgeable to inspect the car
for you; it may save you a lot of money.
Don't buy a car after a serious accident -
especially following a frontal collision. You wouldn't believe
how many possible problems may arise later as a result of an
Don't buy a car as soon as you see it. Take
your time, test drive the car as long as you can. For example,
some problems may only be caught when the engine is cold while
other problems may only be discovered when cruising at highway
Don't base your decision on what you have been
told. "One Owner, highway driven" in fact, may be an ex-rental,
heavily abused vehicle.
Don't buy a car if you have reservations or
hesitate for one reason or another…if you don't have a good
'gut' feeling about it. If the engine seems too noisy or works
as if it is in rough shape and sounds heavy, the transmission
shifts harshly, some works needs to be done, something seems to
be wrong with the papers, etc. - move on.
Don't buy a car if it needs some "minor"
repairs. Often this results in spending big bucks for repairs
that never seem to end.
Don't be rude to a salesperson at the
dealership. Regardless of the many stereotypes we share, many
salespersons are genuinely nice people. Be persistent but not
rude; treat them well and they will be willing to help you...