Buying a car can be a daunting task for many individuals especially if they haven’t done their research beforehand and with the economy down the drain, many are opting to have the first car be a used one to conserve costs.

We are not here to judge your decision about not buying brand new. But there are a few key notes you must keep in mind before you make the great plunge.

RESEARCH

You should do your own research on the make and model you want before you head out to make the purchase. You should know the brand of the car you want and your own budgetary limitations.

Once you arrive at the car dealership, your task will be cut out for you; you won’t have to grope about aimlessly. There is a high chance you will be duped if the seller sniffs that you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Try not to purchase a model that doesn’t have available parts in the region because this will cause you a whole lot of trouble down the line. It badly affects the market resell value of the car.

No matter how tight you are with money, try to go for a relatively newer model. Obsolete models won’t serve you the way you’re hoping for.

Online forums will help you know all about the model you wish to purchase; its flaws, benefits and possible resell value in most states. Check catalogs for used cars in fontana to get a fair estimate of the price.

BUDGET

When making your budget, do not just consider the purchase value of the vehicle but also the cost of the repairs and upgrades you will need to make before you get it up and running for your daily errands. Not to mention the potential cost of maintenance. Rule of thumb; the older the car is, the more it is going to cost to maintain.

Consider important factors like the mileage you’re going to get, the tires already installed, the paintjob, the existing parts and anything that you may need to deal with later on.

Sometimes, the repair costs end up being so high that the low cost purchase becomes an effort in futility.

PARTS

Making sure the right parts are available on the market is essential if you intend to keep the car for a while. Also scout the area beforehand to verify if there is a service center nearby that caters to the specific type of model you intend to purchase.

INSPECTION

The make and model is not the only thing that will determine a car’s suitability. A newer model that has been used extensively from day one will give you a lot more problems than an older one that has been used relatively less.

Study the car’s interior and exterior thoroughly; scrutinize every inch of it and look for signs of abuse. Look past the flashy paintjob, and the cool outlook the dealer wants to show you.

If the car has been involved in an accident, there will be sure signs even if they have tried to cover it up. If the deal does disclose a past accident, try to ascertain the severity of it. They will often try to downplay it but the skeleton of the car doesn’t lie.

Look for leakages, decaying elements, engine noises, the interior upholstery and any irregularities that may hint towards the actual usage the car has experienced. Do perform a leak test while you’re at it.

Do it once yourself, then have a mechanic of your own choosing inspect it further. A mechanic generally knows what kind of noises to look out for that will hint at the actual usage of the car.

If the car did happen to be in a minor accident and you’re cool with that, at least verify that the repair job was done professionally and not just superficial.

HISTORY & VERIFICATION

Is the car properly registered in the system? Are the documents in order? Are there any police records attached to the vehicle that you need to know about?

Verify these things before you make the purchase. The Vehicle History Report will tell you all about it.

TEST DRIVE

A short test drive wouldn’t hurt. The car’s personality will most probably reveal itself during this test run. If you do find any issues, resolve them. Don’t let the dealer try to throw shade on them by dismissing them as trivial. There is nothing trivial when it comes to purchasing a car.

Focus on the gear shifts, handling of the car, the brake system, the electronics inside the vehicle etc. Also keep your ears pricked for any unusual noises that may emanate from the engine or other places.

ASK AROUND

You don’t have to learn everything about the car yourself. It’s sometimes best to learn from other users about what works best for the particular model in question.

NEGOTIATE

Buying a used car gives you leeway when it comes to the price. This is an item which they are trying very hard to sell and buyers are typically sparse as the market value dips. This puts you in a strong position to negotiate.

Don’t let the dealer oversell you.

Try to purchase close to home; preferably look for a car that is registered in Fontana. This will prevent many legal and technical issues later on if you do happen to run into problems with the car.

Finally, we would insist that it’s fine to say no. You’re not obligated to purchase the car. You came, you had a look and you found it unworthy. Simply move on and look for another down the line.

Most often it happens that the car looks and feels nothing alike to what the buyer anticipated but they get talked into buying it because they think that it’s the best they are going get at the price and that the opportunity is too good to pass up.

That’s a load of baloney. There is always a better opportunity around the next curve. Simply keep looking and don’t be disheartened.