For many people, buying a used car is a huge investment. You want to make sure that you make an informed decision before making your selection. If you are into doing outdoor activities and do a lot hauling you’ll want to look for a 4 wheel drive truck. If you need a vehicle two take your kids to school and extra curricular activities than a Van or SUV would be the best choice.
Car buying has changed significantly since the development of the internet. Car shoppers now have access to a wealth of information that not too long ago wasn’t available. In order to make an informed decision you will have to do research online before making your selection. I’ve compiled a list of resources you can use to help find a suitable car that fits your needs.
Fueleconomy.gov: Gas prices are always fluctuating and can get very costly if you have a vehicle that gets poor gas mileage. It’s really important to know how many miles per gallon city/highway the vehicle your interested in gets and factor that into your buying decision. Compare vehicles side by side. Use the fuel savings calculator to factor in your annual fuel costs.
Carfax: Out of all the different companies that provide vehicle history reports, Carfax is the most informative. Just type in the vehicles vin number and find out how many owners the car has had, if it has a clean title, if the mileage is accurate, if it’s been in an accident, etc. Carfax also provides you with maintenance history. Make sure to look for what part of the country the car came from. If it came from and area that produces a lot of snow make sure you check the car thoroughly for rust. California cars are in high demand because generally they are rust free. Most dealers will provide you with a free Carfax report so don’t be afraid to ask.
Safercar.gov: Safety is a huge factor when looking for a car. You can compare the crash test rating for different cars you are interested in. You can also put the vin number in and see if the vehicle has any open recalls. If the car does have an open recall you’ll want to make sure to take it to the dealer and have it fixed for free.
Yelp: Now if you are buying from a dealership make sure to check their reviews first. Not all the reviews are authentic but you can get a pretty clear picture of how a dealership operates by reading their reviews online. If the dealership that has the car you are in interested in has a one star rating you should be weary of dong business there. Along with Yelp you can also check google and facebook for business review too.
Make sure you use all the above tools before making a buying decision. The last thing you want is buyers remorse about your purchase. These tools will save you a lot of money and headaches in the future so make sure to use them wisely. We are here to help you find that perfect vehicle you are looking for. We can also get you easily approved for financing. Just CLICK HERE so we can get started.