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Certified Used Cars: What You Need to Know Before You Buy

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Buying certified used cars is often a wise idea, but there are some factors to keep in mind when pursuing this avenue.  Buying a used car can be a great experience, and it does constitute the vast majority of car buying in the United States every year, but that does not mean that there aren’t risks involved with it too.

For the most part, most car buying experiences are pretty swell.  Most car buying experiences go off without a hitch, but there are those that have hang-ups and that cause problems of one kind or another.  For example, people sometimes get taken advantage of and, even if this is not the norm, this is still often what a lot of people think of when they think of buying a used car.

What to Know Before You Buy

There are a couple points to consider when buying a used car:

  • An extended warranty or any kind of warranty for that matter that costs extra money is not always worth your money in the long run.  A lot of professionals and authorities on the car buying experience recommend against spending the extra money on a dealer warranty.  To some it gives peace of mind and comfortable thoughts, but in a lot of ways it is just that, a waste of money.  It’s a gamble really, because if you don’t use it, it’s money spent either way.  Why not take the money that you would spent on a warranty and park it away in an account somewhere where you can save it for a rainy day repair on your car?  That way if you don’t need it you can put it towards the down payment on your next car.
  • Always (if you can) bring your mechanic with you when considering buying a used car.  Some dealers and private sellers do not want this, and that right there is an indicator to stay away.  Bring a mechanic with you, and pay him or her to inspect the vehicle for you.  Such a mechanic works for you, so they don’t have a vested interest in you buying the car as the dealership staff would.  They will point out things that you won’t see and that possibly even the dealership didn’t know about.
  • Be sure to check for recalls on certified used cars.  If you are interested in a specific car, look that car up at before you buy it.  Check to make sure that non recalls have been issued for that particular make and model.

At the end of the day, you are more likely to have a good used car buying experience than a bad one.  As mentioned above, it is unfortunate but true that the more unpleasant car buying experiences are the ones that tend to stand out in our minds the most, and that it is the tough and unpleasant car buying experiences that get talked about the most, and that catch our attention more so than they should.

Proper Research Helps Tremendously with Certified Used Cars

However, you can greatly lower the odds of having a bad experience by simply taking your time, being careful, really assessing the situation you are getting into with certified used cars, and doing your research on the car, the manufacturer, and the dealership that has that car.  You can take charge over your next car buying experience and ensure that you have a good one by simply studying up on the car and the dealer and reading the fine print in all of the paperwork.  At the end of the day, if you apply the above tips and others you will probably have a good experience.  Give us a call at Pro Motor Sales for a great car buying experience.

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