Friday, August 22, 2014

Buying a Used Car: What to Do before Leaving Home

Buying a used car is a meticulous process. However, it’s definitely worth the time and effort when you come back home with a sweet whip without any faults—and yes, it does happen more often than you think.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your search for a used car begins in the dealership lot. In fact, there are several measures you need to take before you step out of your home. By doing the following, you minimize your chances of driving home a “lemon”:

Do Your Homework

Check out your preferred dealership’s stock of used cars and list down the ones that catch your eye. Afterwards, check online reviews of each model. In particular, check the safety rating each model received from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Check the Weather Report

Take advantage of the 10-day weather forecast and schedule your trip to the dealership during a bright and cheerful day. Don’t underestimate how helpful sunlight is during your visual inspection. At the same time, test driving (you should always test drive a car before buying) is easier when the roads aren’t slippery.

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