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When did you buy your first car? Searching for and purchasing cars has certainly changed over the years. Like many other things, you can purchase cars online. With this new way to buy used cars, comes the need to be extra cautious.
When I was purchasing my recent used car, I spent a long time looking at different models online, seeing how much I could get for a certain price range, and basically trying to see what was available. It would have taken a really long time to go to each place in person to see what cars they had available, so I loved being able to view cars from home before selecting which ones to look at in person.
If you look at one of the popular online sites, you know – the ones where you look for furniture and jobs, you’ll see hundreds of used cars listed for sale. There are also plenty of other types of online sites to purchase used cars online. And many used car dealerships have their inventory online.
Here are some things to keep in mind, and some tips for buying a used car:
- Do your research online – but only purchase the used car in person
- Use a reputable website for online (and in person) shopping
- Do not send money electronically – meet the seller in person to purchase
- Make sure you ask lots of question but walk away if it doesn’t feel right
Looking to buy a used car? Use common sense when shopping online. Basically – if it looks too good to be true, it likely is. People have gotten quite clever with their fake ads, misrepresentation of their vehicles, and even going right down to outright trying to steal your money.
Have you purchased a used car before? What was your experience with researching and ultimately purchasing?
We have bought all of our cars used, and I have to say that its one of the most stressful things. Its so much work!
Maria G. says
My husband and I have been looking for a new car since the current one is approaching its sell-by date. Initially, I did not believe in second-hand cars. But, after reading through this blog, I certainly believe that we will be able to find the right car.
I have purchased a used car before, and though I didn’t know as much research as I should have, it wasnt a bad deal. I wish now I had looked around more though. Live and learn!
These are good and sensible tips!