So you have decided to buy a used car for yourself. Good for you. You have made a decision that could potentially save you money in the long run. There are many cars for sale under 1000 dollars in car dealerships as well as private sellers. In this case, which one would you choose?
Before you choose between a car dealer or private seller, there is a little work you should do upfront, as this will help you make an informed decision on which used car is right for you:
1. Know what you are looking for and what you can afford beforehand. Experts agree that keeping three models or types in mind will give you a bigger selection at more affordable prices. They also suggest looking at the newer used cars first, as they usually give you the best value for your money.
2. Make sure you do research on the make and models that you are interested in. Reading the reviews from current owners will give you an idea on what to expect. Reading consumer reports will provide information that can be vital in determining whether you have chosen a reliable car. These reports will provide the car performance, repairs history, and if it is listed as a problem car.
3. You also want to do your research on each car that you initially select. Obtaining the history of that vehicle will tell you everything you need to know on whether it is right or not. The history will tell you about the previous owners, title problems, accidents, and service history, as well as whether the odometer has been moved back.
Now that you have done this important initial research, here is what you need to know when choosing between a car dealer or a private seller:
In car dealers, you get more options, plain and simple. With this option you have some measure of confidence that the car is free from any mechanical problem it may have. In-house mechanics usually carry out inspections and repairs if necessary. However, this requires a lot of paperwork that can cost money. This is usually forked over to the buyer making the car a bit more expensive.
Private sellers on the other hand sell their cars at a much lower rate. By contrast to car dealers, they are in no way obliged to repair any damage to the car. If you do not know what you are doing, you could end up paying for more in repair costs. Get around this problem by asking a mechanic or automotive expert to tag along.
As proof of the company’s goodwill and honest intentions, even prior to the implementation of the issuance of automatic warranty on used car units, as mandated by the US government, find a dealership that already practices the issuance of warranty certificates for used cars. The warranty covers a specific duration and protects against defects caused by poor workmanship, unsatisfactory engine and suspension system and defective parts. The service should include available spare parts and a 24-hour repair crew that can be reached anytime.
A used auto dealership that takes care of the processing of pertinent documents and insurance coverage at no extra cost is a plus. Now that you know all of this, you should be well prepared when you go out and look at the many cars for sale under 1000 dollars available to you.