So we are going to buy a used car? What to do first? A list is always a good starting point. A plan, that’s what we need. Below are the main areas I will discuss in the following few weeks. I plan to cover all these topics over a 2-3 week time frame. I will have other posts in between, as I have some reviews to do and other promotions and things that have to happen as well. This will give us a good outline for the used car buying series.
· Step one.
What are your needs? Why is this car needed? This question needs to be answered before you can start looking for used car.
· Step two.
How much money do we have for this? This should be a range, from 0 to XXXX dollars.
· Step three.
Where to look. This will consist of a few websites, the local classified, friends, etc. There are many places to get a used car that you may not have considered.
· Step four.
Research potential vehicle. Is this car a good value or is it a lemon? Is it sound mechanically?
· Step five.
Negotiation. Never pay the asking price! I will go through some very simple negotiation techniques that will save you money.
· Step six.
Registration, titling, inspections. These will vary from state to state, but I will give you an idea of what to expect.
· Step seven.
Ownership. This can be a honeymoon or a nightmare. I will review some key maintenance needs to keep your new found bargain running like new.
Seven steps to buying a good, used car.