Regardless of the price you will pay, purchasing a used car is an investment. Protecting your investment and avoiding buying someone else’s headache is critical.
The most important thing about a used car is not the make or model – it is the condition of that particular vehicle. Even the best makes of cars can be neglected and abused by previous owners and the less popular vehicles may have been well loved and meticulously maintained.
Who is selling the vehicle does not mean that the car is a good or a bad choice. Even the sleaziest of used car lots sometimes have great cars for sale and even the most reputable and honest lots have the occasional lemon.
No one sells a used car that is perfect. You can expect any used car to need some work or maintenance. What you don’t want is a car that needs one huge repair – like a new transmission. It is preferable to get a vehicle that needs a few minor things – like perhaps some tires, or a new battery or some exhaust work. Things that can be completed one at a time and that fit your budget are much easier to manage.