If you are a certain kind of person, shopping around for a used car is one of the most fun things you’ll ever do. Some people just love finding deals. The thrill of the hunt, haggling over prices, organizing swaps and trade-ins – these are the aspects of used cars buys and sales that some people just can’t get enough of. If you love looking for deals, but don’t know a lot about cars, spend some time learning the market before you buy the next one. Adding a little bit to your knowledge could get you a better car and could save you a lot of money.
For people who don’t know much about the mechanics and maintenance of cars (and who do not wish to learn), it’s best to stick with trustworthy used car dealerships. J.D Byrider and other sellers of good reputation have cars that have passed inspection, have undergone professional repairs on-site, which are guaranteed, and whose prices reflect their actual market value. Do a quick search of local and regional car dealerships for the car you’re looking for, then compare prices and try to find the best deal.
For people who know something about cars, and are willing to learn more, there are more buying options than there are for people who don’t care about the details of the car they drive. First, you’ve got to decide which car or cars you would be interested in buying if they were available. Pay attention to how they drive, how they age, common mechanical issues, the common costs of maintenance, resale value, and other important factors associated with car ownership.
Then you’ve got to start looking. Looking for a car is the opposite of advertising a car. People who find deals are the ones most willing to dig into the nooks and cracks of the car-selling market. Cars marketed through dealerships will have the most visibility and the most potential buyers. As a result, they will command the highest prices. It’s up to you to find cars being sold through other channels.
This is the time to dig through Craigslist, the local paper, online classified ads, and any print media specific to your area that has seller listings. Preferably, give yourself a few months, if necessary, to peruse these listings in search of a deal. If you have cash in hand, you’ll be able to spring on a great deal as soon as is surfaces.
Ideally, you’ll find a seller who hasn’t marketed their vehicle sufficiently, or who lives far enough away from civilization that they don’t have tons of prospective buyers. Don’t be afraid to travel a couple of hours or more if the right car is waiting at the end of the journey. It’s these sales that may result in the best price available.
If you buy through an independent seller, rather than a reputable dealer, make sure to have it closely inspected before you commit to buy. Whatever the case, take the time to find the car you need, and you’ll almost always find the price you’re happy to pay.