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How to Buy a Reliable Used Car

If you are thinking of buying a used car for your own use, one of your top considerations will no doubt be that you would like to purchase a reliable vehicle. It's very frustrating, and often expensive too, to buy a vehicle only to find it doesn't work when you need it to! However, just a little preparation, careful thought when choosing a vehicle, and some basic checks, can greatly improve you chances of getting the vehicle that you want, that works reliably, and which will last for a good few years.

The first step to purchasing a used vehicle actually starts before you visit any used car dealers or vehicle auctions. It is simply careful consideration of what your needs, and what type of vehicle would fit those needs. If you can narrow the suitable choices to a handful of specific makes and models, so much the better! But, if not, you should at least have a broad idea of the type of vehicle that you want, and your price range. This knowledge will help you being sweet-talked by a dealer (or by yourself), or making an impulse purchase, and ending-up with a vehicle that is inappropriate for your needs.

When you start looking at individual vehicles that may meet you requirements, here a few more factors to bear in mind:
  • Focus on the condition rather than the absolute age: A relatively older vehicle that is in very good condition is usually a better purchase than a new vehicle that is in very poor condition.

  • Mileage is important: Vehicles experience wear and tear during their lives, and vehicles with much mileage will have experienced much more wear and tear. All other things being equal, the lower mileage vehicle that you can find, the better!

  • Warranty transfers: If buying from a dealer, rather than a vehicle auctions, in some cases the warranty may transfer - provided the mileage is low enough. In other cases it may not. Ask the dealer!
So you've found a used vehicle that you think fits your needs, do you go ahead and buy it immediately?

No! Wait a moment! Yes it is exciting to think that you have finally found the vehicle that you've been hunting for - but there's still a few checks that you need to do before committing to the purchase:
  • The vehicle should be properly inspected - so either learn how to properly inspect vehicles yourself, or pay a certified mechanic to do any necessary inspections for you.

  • Check the vehicle's title and other documents for signs of problems in its past. Be especially on the look out for vehicle title brands.

  • Before making a big investment in a vehicle, it's usually a good idea to use online services to get more detailed histories of vehicles offered to you. provides vehicle history reports with over 60+ problem checks (based on access to a database of over 40 million records from state DMVs, junk yards, and insurance carriers).

  • If buy a vehicle at a vehicle auctions be on the look out for signs of flood-damage or odometer rollback. While most vehicles sold at auction do not have these kinds of issues in their pasts, you should be aware that it's not unknown for vehicles like this to be offered for sale.
Buying a used vehicle instead of a new car can save you a lot of money - provided that you make the right choice. Hopefully, the above tips will help you in finding a great used vehicle that suits you needs and will serve you well in the years to come.

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