Purchasing Your Used Car from an Individual

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How Can I Get the Best Deal When Purchasing a Used Car from an Individual?

Purchasing Your Used Car from an Individual

Purchasing your used car from an individual owner can mean reduced used car prices .. or a big headache. Here are some tips to help you get the best deal.

Thoroughly Inspect the Car You are Considering

  • Some things you should do:
    • Inspect the engine, look for signs that the car has been exposed to water damage; is the spare inflated, have all the tires worn about the same? If the car has not been well cared for, you may only be willing to pay on the lower range of blue book car prices or you may decide the car is not worth purchasing.

Arrive Early
MSN-Auto advises used car buyers to arrive 15 to 20 minutes early. They may find the owner camouflaging problems that normally reduce used car prices.

Look at and Test Drive More Than One Car

  • Used car prices, even for the same make and model, can vary with condition, upgrades, etc. Take a look at several cars before you make your final decision.

Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate

  • Used car price estimates are just that. Use your research, comparisons and inspection of the car to negotiate for the most fair used car pricing.



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