January 26, 2022


Beyond Automotive

6 Tips for Buying Used Cars: The Complete Guide

3 min read

New vehicles require us to set aside vast sums of money which one could otherwise pump into another sector to cover other needs, mainly if he/she is operating on a fixed budget. Thus the demand for used vehicles. Second Hand vehicles, as they are also referred to, offer cheaper solutions to those people who need a car, but they are on a tight budget. However sweet the deal is, this option comes with all kinds of risks. Buying a used car is often regarded as a smart money move, but you ought to keep it in your mind that cars are among properties that fall under depreciating assets. As a result, one needs to be very informed when deciding which used car to go for. Here is a six-point guide to guide you choose the ultimate used car, such as a used ford explorer.

What do you want?

This question, however broad, will help you know the specifications of the used car that you want as the market offers all classes and types of used vehicles. This starts with you setting up the budget for the car, then looking into the purpose of the car to be purchased; do you need sport, sleek or family? With the aid of the internet, a proper research will help one to come up with a list of potential cars that suit your needs, for instance, a used ford explorer.

When and Where to buy your used car;

You already know what you want from your list. Now let us think of when and how to get it. As much as used cars hang around throughout the year, unlike their new counterparts that depend on new car releases, there are periods that one can get a better deal. Such times include holidays and the end of the year. As far as where to shop for your car is concerned, avoid independent car lots as they often have hidden agendas.

What to look at in a used car;

You know what you want, where and when to go for it. Now, what do you look at to choose the best among the many offers you will get? As noted in the first point, your needs come first. This helps to select things like boot space, entertainment systems, among others. Secondly, how far back in time are you willing to go? Here the mileage among other things comes in handy. Then look at the price tags, the history of the car and ultimately the test drive.

Car inspection;

At this point, after visiting several dealerships, I bet you have made up your mind on your car. Please do not rely on your instincts and eyes alone unless you are a mechanic. Otherwise, getting a professional mechanic will aid in carrying out a pre-purchase inspection. This might expose otherwise hidden problems.

Get yourself a good deal;

The time to talk figures is at hand, at long last. Remember, ours is a smart investment, as advised, you already devised a plan long ago at point one. You are a guy with a plan, and you are going to get a good deal. Now negotiate.


Whether you will seek financing or you are paying upfront, one thing is for sure – paperwork. When signing your papers, remember to for the additional features that the dealer might offer, such as fabric protection, prepaid service plans, anti-theft devices and the warranty. We could not want anything bad to happen to your new, used car now, could we?

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