How to Buy a Used Car and Avoid a Lemon Story

We received a lot of buzz from our article encouraging others to avoid buying new cars. While most agreed with our take, others brought up very legitimate concerns about buying used.

Although some of these concerns can be easily remedied, one concern stood out. Several people stated that they would still rather buy a new car because of the warranties. If something happened, they knew it would be fixed.

Do Your Research and Know What You Want BEFORE You Look

This tip is especially important if you will be looking for your used car at dealerships. If you go onto a car lot just “looking,” then every vehicle is fair game and you run the risk of being upsold to something more expensive than what you had in mind.

We put this tip near the top because it’s something you should do no matter what strategies you employ on your used car search. Nothing can replace experience, and so it’s a good idea to get advice from someone who has been there before.

Take Someone Experienced With You

It’s always a good idea to have everything checked out when making a large purchase. This is why home buyers have a home inspection, why someone buying a horse has a vet check, and why many people choose to have a mechanic check a used car before they buy it.

Get it Checked by a Mechanic

Buy From a Dealer

If you’re still unsure about buying a used car from a private party or used car dealer, another option is to look for used cars at brand or reputable dealerships.

Buy an Extended Warranty or Repair Protection Package

Now, these warranties are an added expense and aren’t typically for as long as a warranty for a new car, but they can still give you that new car peace of mind without the new car debt.

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