Used Car Shopping Tips
Buying a used car is something that most of us will have to do in our lifetime. But before you buy the first thing you find you should probably do your homework before paying for it. We shop used cars for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that we can pay cash for them and not have to borrow the money. While we have been known to borrow the money in the past, now days we try to save up enough cash to pay for it so we don’t have to break the bank getting a new to us vehicle. But with that being said, our family car is starting to look a little rough but it still is mechanically sound. So trading it in wouldn’t benefit us so for right now we are shopping around to find the perfect vehicle for us.
When we decide to purchase a vehicle there are a few things that we insist on. For example, it must have air conditioning, I HATE getting all wind blown when I have to go somewhere. Ideally, the air conditioning works just as well as the heater and vice versa depending on the season we are in. But both are equally important but Air bags are one of the safety features that we have to have in our vehicle.
The new to us vehicle has to have room to allow us to wiggle too! We always make sure the vehicle we are test driving allows enough room for us all with room for guests. But equally as important as wiggle room is storage and grocery space. There are a few things that live in my vehicle and I want there to be plenty of room for groceries on top of things that live in there.
A radio is a must for our vehicle but most importantly it has to be mechanically sound. There can’t be any weird sounds when we test drive it, Mr. SMSL gives it a once over under the hood. We try to find a newer vehicle that is under $5,000 with less than 125,000 miles. But we don’t always get everything we want, we do try our best. Newer tires on the vehicle always receives a plus one, as does clean interior. But for the most part if you are buying used you will have to come up with features that are must haves for your family. Make your new to you vehicle work for you and be sure it is safe, well maintained, and ready to drive. If you need more help check out these safety tips to help you purchase a safe used vehicle
Lots of dealerships have special offers on their websites you just have to know where to find them. My friends over at Brennan Dodge has a special section called shopping tools, where you can find some great deals for an even better deal on your used vehicles.
What is a must have in your vehicles?
AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Assistance KitTools of Life (TM) Car Hammer Seatbelt Cutter Window Breaker Emergency Escape ToolArmor All 10832 Cleaning Wipes – 50 sheetsM’Baby 1pc Seat Back Car Organizer Woolen Felt Seat Back Kick Protectors for Kids, Storage Bottles, Tissue Box, Toys (Dark Grey)Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag. Odor Eliminator for Cars, Closets, Bathrooms and Pet Areas. Captures and Eliminates Odors. Charcoal Color, 200-GHOUSWEETY Car Air Freshener Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser – Tree of Life Stainless Steel Locket,11 Refill Pads (With Gift Bag)Febreze Car Vent Clip with Tide Original Scent Air Freshener, 2 ctOzium Smoke & Odors Eliminator Gel. Home, Office and Car Air Freshener 4.5oz (127g), Original Scent (Pack of 4)