I will focus on used cars for sale by owners in this article, and I will give you a whole lot of hints and tips to help you shop smarter especially when shopping at used car dealerships. Private sellers do not have large overheads like salaries for employees, rent on premises and all the other costs associated with running a car dealership. This allows used cars for sale by owners to cost a whole lot less than a similar car at a dealership.
“Local used cars for sale by owner”, is a phrase that comes to mind when most people are on the market looking to buy a car. It is perceived as a money saver by many. This assumption would ring very true if you are looking in the right places, and ring untrue if you look in the wrong places, it may also lead to one paying over the odds for a used car if not enough researching is done. Watch out for some dealers and individuals that have no sympathy for novice shoppers, they will do anything when selling a car. I would recommend that you have the car inspected by a qualified technician, do a data check and an HPI check
Do not let your guard down, when you are dealing with private sellers, you should always keep your best interest in mind as this is what they will be doing too. So, what I am saying is it does not hurt to ask questions and prod them until they give you answers that you are happy with. When you do a data check you are provided with a report that provides you with information pertaining to accidents that car has been in, and major mechanical problems that have been dealt with. Some good advice I can also give you is that have the seller provide you with a report from a reputable authorized dealer, stating the car conditions. And based on the report, you could then associate the car with one of three conditions, fair, good, or excellent. Once you have decided the condition of the car, you could then visit car valuation site for a very accurate fair market value.
You can find used cars for sale by owners in various places. Start with your local newspapers, get an idea of what’s out there, and then browse some trade magazines, and last but not least on the internet, by searching for local used cars for sale online you are a click away. Keep in mind that you will have to pay to buy print media however searching online is free.
Last but not least, keep in mind that an asking price is only that, always haggle to make sure that you get the best possible value. After buying a car, you will have get insurance and maybe MOT or road tax and most importantly initial preventive maintenance (oil changes, fluid flushes etc.), this way you know that you have wiped the slate clean and are sure that the car has been looked over and you can enjoy it even more with peace of mind.
As a final tip, Local used car for sale by owner is a term that could be your best dream, or worst nightmare. It all depends on your level of awareness of the used cars’ history, and the amount of legwork you carry out before you make your decision to buy.