Like with any major purchase, there are smart strategies to implement when shopping for a used vehicle, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when buying a used car.
Not Considering “Other” Brands
A lot of car shoppers know exactly what make and model they want. However, by not considering the competition, many buyers may miss out on potential savings, better quality, or more features. Don’t pigeonhole yourself into a specific make and model only to find out it does not meet your needs. Be sure to compare numerous makes and models to get the most car for your money.
Skipping the Inspection
Most people would not buy a house without having it inspected first. However, many skip this crucial step when buying a used car. While used cars may be more reliable than ever, they might be hiding signs of damage or neglect from a previous owner. Have a mechanic you trust give the car a thorough inspection to help catch any potential problems that might not be apparent at first glance.
Limiting the Search Area
While buying local is a great idea, if you limit your search area to a small radius, you might miss out on a great deal on the car you really want. Broaden your search area and you might find the car of your dreams. Even though the transportation might cost you a bit, you might be able to score a better deal.
Not Doing Research
Just because a used car has a great price, that does not mean it is a great car. Car buyers who skip the research may end up buying a model that is known for transmission problems or has hard to use technology features. Read reviews, visit model-specific forums, and talk to other owners to learn about any potential problem areas before you head to the dealership.
If you need help narrowing down your used vehicle options, stop by Pollard Used Cars to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members. We’ll be happy to set you up with a vehicle that suits your budget and lifestyle.