11 questions to ask when buying a used car
- Buying a used car can be a stressful experience, but if you plan ahead, you can get some great deals.
- The biggest choice is between buying from a dealership or a private seller.
- In particular, don't overlook certified pre-owned vehicles or gently used luxury brands.
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to buying used cars.
But perhaps the most important knowledge is self-knowledge. Know what type of vehicle you want before you get started, understand your budget, and determine whether you know enough about cars to cut a deal with a private seller - and not end up with a lemon.I've come up with 11 basic tips for buying a used car - there are many more, but these will get you started. The biggest choice is whether to go to a dealer or to strike out for the wilds of private sellers. You can find some dandy cars with the latter, while the former will take a lot of hassle out of the process.
Either way, getting organized, establishing a budget, and being realistic are all important objectives. If you do your homework, you should be happy with the results.