Buying a Used Car: Get Ready for Stress


This post is more of a rant, but one that I think many of us can relate to.

A year ago, I had to sell my Chevy Blazer due to it being an older car & things kept breaking on it. With over 180,000 miles on it and it being nearly 20 years old, it was time that I sell my money pit and just share a car with my better half. The past year has not been fun, to say the least. One car between 3 jobs = not fun.

After saving up for a year for a used car (I didn't want a loan), the time has finally come to start car shopping for a decent used car. The experience has been stressful and overwhelming. From cruising the lot of used cars after-hours so that we wouldn't be harassed by salesmen, to looking online at cars, it's become a part time job.

I first started looking online to gauge the prices of cars. Then I started reading reviews of local dealers to see how their past customers rate them, which most of them were downright scary! People being sold cars that were totaled out on the title, or rusted out frames, to plain old lying & using the bait/switch tactic when signing the papers. Scary, scary, scary.

After hours of research, I found that there are 2 things to consider when buying a used car, when it comes time for negotiating: the Kelly Blue Book Value & the True Market Value. Somewhere in between those numbers, you'll find a good negotiating point. Also, don't forget to get the CarFax& an inspection for the car you're looking at. (A good dealer will have the carfax online for free to look at and/or in person upon request). This will tell you if the car has been in any accidents, been totaled, flooded, etc. Getting a car inspected can not only save you from buying a piece of junk, but it can also help in negotiating if you buy from a private seller on Craigslist.

I didn't want to go through Craigslist, for the fear of being ripped off. I'm not saying that all people selling cars on Craigslist are dishonest sellers, but there are handful of dishonest people that are trying to con someone into buying their car for any number of reasons. 

It's been a month of looking for the perfect-for-me used car, and my search still continues. Hopefully I'll get a get reliable car and not a lemon. So if you're in the market for a used car, I wish you luck, strength and patience.


Merika said...

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