As the recession continues to act like a vice towards the average persons disposable income, most people are looking to save money wherever they can. This has lead to a surge in the popularity of used cars compared to their new alternatives.
Unfortunately however, while purchasing a used car can be a great way to save some cash, such savings are by no means guaranteed. In fact there are many potential mistakes that otherwise savvy shoppers can make that are more than capable of turning a used car from a smart investment into a terrible one. Here are five things that you should never do when purchasing a used car.
Judge a Car By Itâ€™s AppearanceÂ
Unless you happen to be a robot, itâ€™s pretty difficult not to be impressed by a used car that looks all shiny and new. Sellers are aware of this fact however, this is why only the most foolish invite buyers to view a dirty car. Always remember that looks can be incredibly deceiving when it comes to used cars. When you view a car that looks brand new, its appearance tells you that it runs well enough to make it to the car wash and back. It tells you nothing else.Â
Judge an Owner By His/Her Appearance
Though most people selling used cars are honest, some of them would happily sell you the sky if they thought that you would buy it. Therefore clever used car buyers take everything that they are told with a grain of salt. Itâ€™s very easy to let your guard down however when the seller shows up in a shiny suit and an honest looking smile. Again, keep in mind that appearances can be deceiving. If you judge sellers according to how they look, you are just asking for trouble. Clever thieves donâ€™t look like thieves.Â
Fall in LoveÂ
If you view enough used cars, you are eventually going to find one that you feel you absolutely must have. This emotion is a dangerous one. It makes people forget about things such as market value and strange clanking sounds. When this emotion is combined with a buyer looking to move things along quickly, mistakes are often made. Never purchase a car based upon this emotion. Use your brain, not your heart. And always sleep on your decision.Â
Rush the Test Drive
Few people are stupid enough to purchase a used car without taking it for a test drive first. Doing so would be akin to purchasing a house without taking a look inside. Many people are stupid enough to rush the process however. A quick spin down a straight road is never going to cut it. You need to test every single gear. You need to take enough corners to really test the steering. And multiple driving speeds/surfaces should be experimented with. Keep an ear out for clanking sounds. You donâ€™t want to hear one for the first time after youâ€™ve made your purchase.
Pretend You Know What You Are Talking About
Finally one of the most common mistakes made by those purchasing a used car is failing to admit just how little they know about cars. Unfortunately, if you are not exactly blessed when it comes to mechanical know how, you need to accept this fact. Before purchasing a used car, you need to get an expert to give it a once over. This can be a friend or it can be a local mechanic. It just cannot be you unless you genuinely know what you are doing.
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