Are you in the market for a new-to-you used car, but not so sure where to begin? E-Z Way Auto is here to help with ten easy steps to buying a used car:
Take a careful look at your finances. Generally, you should not spend more than 20 per cent of your take-home pay on your vehicle. Don’t forget to consider maintenance costs when tallying up how much you can spend.
Do ample online research. Read customer reviews as well as reviews by automotive experts. Take time to consider what you need your car for and what you want your car for and try to strike a balance between both within your budget.
Depending on where you live, you might be better off buying online, from a dealer, or from a private seller. See what the prices look like in your area.
Research sellers in your region and see who has the cars you like at the prices you need. There are a lot of options out there (some more reputable than others), so be discerning.
Don’t even test drive a car unless the seller is willing to offer a detailed vehicle history report. This will tell you the car’s maintenance history, flood damage, fire damage, all previous owners, and more.
Contact the seller and set up a time to see the vehicle, especially if it’s through an independent seller. Prepare questions in advance and don’t hesitate to be inquisitive.
How do you feel behind the wheel? Does it have good visibility? Are any maintenance lights on? What does the cabin smell like: gas, oil, something unidentifiably funky? Don’t forget: trust your gut. There are plenty of four-wheeled fish in sea.
Unless you’re a trained mechanic yourself, you’ll want to have a professional technician take a look at the vehicle to make sure the seller is being honest and everything about the vehicle is up-to-snuff.
No price is final – don’t be afraid to talk ‘em down!
Congratulations – you’ve found your new-to-you used car! Read the fine print carefully, then go ahead and sign on the dotted line.
If you still need help with buying a used car, don’t hesitate to ask one of our qualified salespersons at E-Z Way Auto!