Buying a used car online? Some things to keep in mind!
Thinking of buying a used car online, but not sure where to start?
This article will list a few things to keep in mind when you’re buying a used car online.
First, don’t forget your budget. Think about what is important to you – consider such aspects such as a preference for a manual or an automatic transmission, a petrol or diesel engine, the number of seats or doors, the amount of storage space, or any features like cruise control or Bluetooth. Be sure to factor in insurance costs, car tax rates, and petrol costs into your budget – a particular car may be priced at an affordable level, but you might face significantly higher insurance premiums.
Information, information, information
It’s important to find as much information as possible before you purchase your car. It’s a big decision!
If you’re buying a different vehicle than your current one, then be sure that you know as much as possible about your potential new car. Once you’ve decided on the manufacturer and model, do more research – ask your friends and family if they’ve had any experience with the car, or if they have one that you can see and test. Search online for reviews by current owners of that car, and look at articles by Which? Magazine for unbiased reviews of cars and manufacturers.
Nothing can substitute for an experience behind the wheel of the car itself, so it’s a good idea to test-drive the model you’re interested in at a car dealership before you commit to it.
Where to look
Manufacturers and car dealerships often provide customers with used cars as well as new ones.
Sites like eBay and Gumtree allow private individuals to market their own cars to the public quickly and easily. These sites, as well as other sites specifically restricted to used car sales, are often easy to search. You can restrict your search to a particular model, and can specify particular years or even colours that you’re interested in! You can set a limit as to many miles from your postcode you want to search, which makes it easy for you to find people near you with a used VW or a used Mercedes for sale.
Is it legit?
Does the seller seem trustworthy? Is the deal or car too good to be true? Be sceptical, listen to your gut, and ask more questions and do a bit more searching online if you feel at all uneasy.
However, most online used car sales are legitimate, and so you aren’t likely to have any problems.
Remember, there are plenty of used cars out there. Don’t feel pressured to make a decision before you can do your research and before you feel comfortable with your choice.
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