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4 Ways Consumers Can Find a Reliable Used Car for an Affordable Price

Whenever you purchase a vehicle, you want to know that it is both affordable and reliable. This is why you should always take a used vehicle for a test drive and have it inspected prior to buying it. Let's take a look at some other steps that you can take to find a used car that fits both your needs and your budget.

Use Craigslist to Find Private Sales

Cars sold by private owners tend to cost less than those sold at the dealership. This is because private sellers don't offer to finance and there is generally no warranty or return period after the sale has been made. However, there is generally a larger selection of used cars offered by private sellers, and it may be easier to get the best deal for your money.

Used Doesn't Necessarily Mean Old

Technically, a used car is one that has had more than one owner. Therefore, it may be possible to find a car from the previous model year that is heavily discounted because it is labeled used instead of new. Some companies, such as Young Automotive Group, know how much of a discount this can be, depending on the vehicle. In many cases, cars that were used as rentals are then sold to dealers who will then try to sell them to members of the public.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Vehicle

When buying a used vehicle, make sure to ask if there is a warranty offered either by the dealer or the manufacturer of the vehicle. In some cases, it may be possible to extend the warranty offered by the manufacturer to ensure that you are covered for several years into the future. You will also want to take a test drive and review maintenance records to ensure that it has been properly cared for.

Friends or Family Members May Have Cars for Sale

If you have a friend or family member looking to get rid of their old car, it may be worthwhile to inquire about buying it. The biggest potential benefit of going this route is that someone who you know personally may be willing to take less for the vehicle. It may also be easier to complete the deal because you always know where to reach this person if there are issues that arise during the purchase process.

With the price of new cars going up all the time, a used car may represent the best value for most buyers. Fortunately, the internet has made it easier to find both private sellers and dealerships offering quality cars within anyone's price range.

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