What is your best car shopping/buying tip?
I just had an "aha" moment this weekend about my used 99 Nissan Altima that I bought a little over three years ago. I realized that my car had water damage and possibly had been sitting in water before being sold to unsuspecting me. It literally took me three years to realize this and when I did it all made sense. Prior to when I bought it there was massive flooding issues through out the state ( and North East for that matter). Boy do I feel like an idiot. So my tip is inspect for moisture, rust in the car and under the car, brown blotches on the upholstery or carpets and get a carfax report.
If at all possible always buy a new car if you can afford it and research online with something like edmonds.com to get an idea of what prices you shoud expect to pay. I've had better luck with Japanese cars however more and more of them are starting to be assembled in America where the motto is: "That's good enough!" lol
If there was something I've learned watching others do it for year it would be to not do it alone, always go with a partner who is experienced at it and also don't stick to one dealership. Don't be afraid to compare and contrast. You never know what deals you might find.
I actually recently did a Hub about purchasing a used car. Definitely do the cosmetic search for any issues like rust or water damage as you mentioned. Take it for a test drive and make sure every single button works and does what it is supposed to do. My number one piece of advice though (and my personal opinion), is always buy pre-owned. If you want something new go to the dealership and ask for something that is 2-3 years old, you can get good deals on previously leased vehicles and they will have low mileage still. It's just not worth it to me to pay thousands extra for a brand new car and have it lose a huge chunk of it's value the second you drive off the lot.
by jnoz 6 years ago
SHARE WITH US YOUR TIPS ON HOW TO APPROACH PURCHASING A NEW CAR OR USED.....LAST WEEK OF THE MONTH IS BEST TIP OF THE MONTH,,,DO YOU AGREE.....
by Pixienot 12 months ago
Which is better...buying a used car or a new car?
by Kelly Pittman 6 years ago
What questions would you ask or what would you recommend to look for when buying a used car?When in the market for a used vehicle, are there certain makes and models that are better than others? It would be helpful to know what makes/models have lower cost for maintenance and...
by Ryan Hupfer 7 years ago
I had a crazy idea pop into my head and it made me a little curious about what all of us Hubbers have bought online in the past few months or so. I guess that I'm wanting to find what our community's buying habits are like and how much stuff we actually buy online. So, if you have bought something...
by iceangel 7 years ago
My best car includesA mecedies 190 carToyota camryKia picantoAudi
by Autumn Keegstra 4 years ago
Can anyone give me any advice on buying my first car?Have no credit, a crappy trade in, and no experience. Just hoping maybe someone on here has that experience and can help me.
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