Where to Buy Used

Used Cars

When you are looking for a new car, there are quite a few places you can look. Dealerships are usually the best. Some people look for cars online on Craigslist. You have to be really careful when shopping for a vehicle. You could be a victim of a scam where there is no car. You could get a bad car that doesn't work well. Since most states have an as is law when it comes to cars, it is really important to protect yourself. Some people use Craigslist to lure people to rob them or steal their car while they are "test driving" it. If it sounds too good to be true, than it probably is. If you do decide to go the Craigslist route, take a mechanic with you, meet in a public place during the day and don't go alone.  

Using a dealership is the best way to go. They are in the business of selling cars professionally. They make sure the car is in good condition. You don't have to worry about your safety and the dealers know what they are talking about. Some dealers offer you a warranty which is great if you are purchasing an older car. You can also find the make and model that you really want. You don't have to wait for someone to post about it. You can find out more about a car at the dealership, like if it has been in an accident or has had damages. Individuals can lie and say the car is great in the ad, but that is really just an opinion.  It's imperative that you cover yourself so you don't end up stranded somewhere or in court later. People disappear and stop answering the phone.  If you do end up in court, it is really hard to get your money back on an as is sale. You have to prove that they falsified their ad. You must get the car checked out before purchase in a private sale. Spending a hundred dollars can save you thousands in the end. It is common for people involved in private sales to experience title issues. You have to have a clean title to register your car. If you can't register it, you can't drive it legally or obtain insurance. So, for your safety and sanity check out the dealer first. It's definitely worth it in the long run.

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