Best Used Car Buying Tips in 2010

If you are facing the prospect of purchasing a used car, like so many others are starting to due to the economic issues most of us are dealing with, chances are you are feeling a little overwhelmed.  Of course, there are some who are a little fearful of buying a previously owned vehicle.  And other people do not want to put their hard earned paycheck towards a used car because they want to avoid being overcharged, which happens frequently in the used car business.  So if you are feeling the same way, rest assured you are not the only one.  But the most important aspect you need to remember is doing your research as far as what the advantages of used car ownership are, all of which should not be cast aside or ignored.  Plus, there are some tips and hints out there for those consumers who are afraid of purchasing a used car this year in 2010.  So if you feel that you could benefit from 2010’s best used car buying tips, make sure to take these into consideration.

Tip Number One

Find out whether or not the used car you are interested in buying has a warranty that can be transferred.   Try to find a vehicle that has at least a part of the original warranty from the manufacturer.  Many times you can find used cars of a late model that come with a warranty of three years/36,000 miles.  So if a car that you buy is under three years old, you will have a year or more of warranty coverage.

Tip Number Two

Any vehicle on the lot you look at should undergo a background check.  This is done in order to make sure a car you are interested in has not experienced technical issues.  Try the Safety Administrator website for the Highway National Traffic Department to find more information regarding automobiles that have been recalled or have defects.

Tip Number Three

Ask the dealership to see the service records for a car you are considering purchasing.  If these records are available, it usually means you are getting a fairly sound, used automobile, meaning the previous owners took good care of the vehicle and there were not any out of the ordinary issues or repairs.  Now, if there are no records for you to review, this does not mean you should completely write off the used car, but it does mean you should take pause and think about why there are not any records and if that is a risk you are willing to take.

Tip Number Four

Get the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, for the used vehicle.  You can usually find it on a plate located on the top of its dash.  This number helps you find information on the car’s vehicle history report.  This report is a wealth of information on a car’s repair and accident history.

Remember, not all used cars have a history of good maintenance.  So you need to look at all of the aspects that go into being an owner of a used car before making a purchase.  The tips listed above can help you lower your risk of purchasing a previously owned vehicle riddled with performance problems.