It shouldn’t be hard to get the most bang for your buck when purchasing a used car. From old trucks to modern hatchbacks, there are certain things one should look for when shopping for a used car, and certain things to avoid. Follow along this month as we discuss some tips that will help ensure that the car you choose is worth your time and your money.

What to Look For:

  • Only look at cars that are in your budget. Do plenty of research before browsing to determine how much you can put down upfront, and what your budget will be for your monthly payment.
  • Look for good, but realistic deals. Prices that seem too good to be true almost always are. The number of fake ads you will most likely come across is appalling, so don’t waste your time entertaining unrealistic offers or ones that seem a bit odd or off.
  • When test driving a vehicle be sure to assess all of its features and look out for any warning or indicator lights on the dash. Check that everything functions correctly from the interior lights and the radio to the parking sensors and the turning signals.

What to Avoid:

  • Avoid shopping based on monthly payments alone. While acquiring an affordable monthly payment is undoubtedly important, lower monthly payments often result in longer loan terms. Due to compounding interest, longer loan terms typically result in you having to pay much more for the vehicle in the long run.
  • Don’t pass up on running a vehicle history report. These reports illustrate how many owners the vehicle has had, if it’s ever been in an accident, and if it’s ever required any major repairs.
  • Avoid buying from someone who won’t allow you to take the car to a trusted mechanic for an inspection. Even if you have to pay for the inspection yourself, it could save you a lot of money in the long run.
  • Whenever possible, avoid examining cars when it’s dark outside. A lack of light can hide a surprising number of surface flaws and imperfections that may be much more obvious in the light of day.

Final Thoughts

While no inspection is guaranteed to find every flaw in a used car, a trained eye can help you avoid serious problems before making a final purchase. The ordinary car buyer, even if mechanically savvy, can really struggle to complete this crucial step properly without the right help. Get a thorough, professional auto inspection from H.W. Automotive in Del City, OK to know whether you’re about to buy a peach or a lemon.