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Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Buying/Selling Tips |

How to Find a Quality Used Car

Have you decided to skip the car loan and buy a used car? According to auto experts, if you want to buy a reliable used car, you need at least $2,500. Of course, with every additional thousand in your budget, you’ll be able to get a better vehicle that has been driven less. Here are some simple and useful tips that will help you in your used car shopping in Missouri or elsewhere.

Be realistic. Limited budget means it would be wise to look at vehicles that are 10 or more years old and/or those that’s been driven more than 100,000 miles. It might sound “too old” or “too many miles”, but it’s not. Modern-day vehicles don’t call for changing spark plugs until exactly 100,000 miles.

Have a target list. Some brands and/or models make for quality used cars (Honda Accord, for instance). Nevertheless, they cost several thousand more than some other good cars, such as Kia Optima. Thus, it’s highly recommended to make a list of several cars (brand & model) that meet your own requirement and fit your budget. Do your research and put at least 3 cars on your target list.

Vehicle History Report can tell a lot. If you’re buying the vehicle from someone you know, you’ll probably get the necessary info about its history. However, if you’re buying it from a total stranger, it’s crucial to check its history report. There are several sources for vehicle history reports that are able to reveal essential information about the vehicles. Usually, VIN and the license plate number are enough to see whether previous owner’s been rolling back the odometer or the insurance company declared it a total loss.

Test-driving is highly recommended. Test-drive a car before making a final decision to see whether it’s the right make and model for you, as well as to check the particular vehicle’s condition. Tune out any distraction and pay attention to the car. It’s even better to have it inspected by a mechanic. If you think it’s a comfortable and quality vehicle, ask the dealer or owner about the service records to see whether the scheduled maintenance was performed timely.

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