What is the most important thing to think about when purchasing a used car?

Jump to Last Post 1-5 of 5 discussions (5 posts)
  1. luse profile image61
    luseposted 10 years ago

    What is the most important thing to think about when purchasing a used car?

  2. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 10 years ago

    Knowing the car's history - who had it, how was it taken care of.  It is so easy to get a used car with huge hidden things wrong.  Having a good mechanic go over it before purchase would be worth the fee.

  3. DanielNeff profile image60
    DanielNeffposted 10 years ago

    If you are getting a used car I would research Consumer Reports and other sources. Find a car that is most reliable and maintains its value well. I have made the mistake in the past of not doing this and having cars that had major problems while I was still paying on them. Also, it seemed like I had to pay the entire loan off before there was any equity in the vehicle.
    Not trying to steer you to Toyota, but we bought a 4runner 3 years ago. It had 90,000 miles on it at the time. It now has 170,000 miles and still going strong (with only normal repairs like brakes, replacing the timing belt, tune ups, etc.). On top of that, we paid full price at a used dealer, got a 4 year loan with a high interest rate, and 3 years in we have several thousand dollars of equity in the vehicle.

  4. mattdigiulio profile image77
    mattdigiulioposted 10 years ago

    I learned the hard way what the most important thing is -- have a mechanic look at the car before the purchase or signing anything. Ask the seller if you can have your mechanic (one you trust) look over the vehicle. Make sure they and you check underneath for rust in the chassis, make sure the car runs smoothly, and know that the previous owners and their repairs have been well documented and archived by the seller. To the point, the most important components to the car are the engine, transmission, and chassis. Have a mechanic look over the potential purchase before any future steps are taken.

  5. profile image46
    matencrisposted 7 years ago

    The most important thing to think about is the hidden damage of the used car you are planning to buy. There are used car dealers who sell their car away "as sis". But of course they won't tell you that you need to get the car a doctor. They would always say that they have the best cars!

    - http://axiomcars.com/


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)