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Avoid Things Going Sour When Buying Into A Lemon Car

Buying a car is a complete and utter stress. Finding a new car is costly and can be very expensive, whether you are buying on finance or buying with cash, so most of the time people try to find used cars to purchase. If you’re not a car connoisseur, then the purchase of a car can feel like walking into oncoming traffic: it’s going to hurt, and you have no idea what you are doing!

Finding a used car that is in good condition should be easy, but that search is only going to be successful if you apply a little common sense and a lot of forward-thinking to your task. Car shopping is going to come with a bit of risk. Buying a new car that you can drive straight out of the dealership means that you are relying on yourself as the owner of that car for things to stay correct and reliable. Buying a used car means you are relying on other people to have left that car in the best condition possible. Research and investigative skills are in dire need here, because you are embarking on the search that could mean the difference between a safe and secure driving experience, and one that sees you calling in a competent accident lawyer. There are many tricks that you can try to make your car purchasing experience a pleasant one, rather than one that sees you purchasing a lemon car and seeing everything going very sour very quickly.

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Reliability Records Matter.

As a new buyer, you need to be stringent in your reliability checks of a new vehicle. You want to avoid purchasing a car that is prone to breakdowns and trouble, and even the chances of purchasing a ‘cut and shut’, which you can read more about here. Your model selection is going to have everything to do with your successful car purchase, so reading car reviews on the model you are interested in is important and this report can really help.

Read Window Stickers – Not Just The Cost!

Every car dealer is required by the FTC to stick a buyer’s guide in used cars that are on the forecourt for sale. The Buyer’s Guide must be honoured, regardless of the contract that you sign and the information that is within it has to be transparent. If a car is sold ‘as is’, then you need to be very aware that problems that may happen after you leave the dealership are solely yours to fix. It’s a risk, and it’s also why many states no longer allow cars to be sold ‘as is’, as it can cause accidents!

Inspect The Exterior

You may not be a particularly informed car buyer, and it’s for this reason that you should always buy a car with someone well-versed in purchasing their own. Dealers can spot an inexperienced buyer a mile off, and you need to be able to walk into that sale with as much knowledge as possible about what to look for. Doing a walk around of the car you are interested in can throw up tons of interesting points, like paintwork that has been chipped and covered over, dents that have been masked by position of the car in the forecourt and mismatched car parts. You want to look for inconsistent repairs so that you can ask the right questions about the previous owner’s treatment of the car. Every question you ask could mean the difference between your safety and an accident waiting to happen.

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Kick The Hood

Looking under the hood may be completely overwhelming for you, so have someone inspect the car on your behalf and help you to understand what you should be looking for. In a nutshell, you want to make sure the interior of the car is not grease splattered and have as little corrosion as possible. Make sure the engine is cool before you do this, but check the fluids in the car are clean and do not have any leaks. You’ll notice funky fluids and smells and you need to ask about these before you buy.

Tread Carefully

The only things between you and the road are the tires of the car. It’s for this reason that you should be ensuring that these are in the best condition possible. Tires tell a lot about a car and its history. The wear across the tread should be very even on both sides of the car and the treat shouldn’t be flat or shallow. If this is the case, the car needs new tires! The inflation should be correct and cupped tires can show that there have been issues with steering, braking and the suspension of the car.

A History Lesson

Before you buy a car, you need to get a full history and this history can tell you everything from previous accidents to fires, floods and whether the mileage has been wound back. Odometer fraud is a big issue but be aware: vehicle history reports are not always up to date. You could have a car with a perfect history sitting in front of you and yet have the most obvious signs of damage. The best thing that you can do is have a professional mechanic do a once-over of the vehicle, and usually you get a 14-day cancellation policy to work with when you buy a new car. If you choose to buy, use your cancellation policy to check out the car and then return it if you find any issues.

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You should be very aware of your rights as a car buyer before you go into the dealership and if you are a savvy buyer, you can avoid that lemon. You need to know your protection before you sign the dotted line, and while it’s illegal for a dealer to sell you a car that has been welded back together or had the mistakes covered up, you can report that dealer to NADA. Buying privately offers you less protection, which is where a trusted friend can help. Don’t let your car buying experience make you sour!

 

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Tips For Car Shopping

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Going car shopping, particularly for first time buyers, there is a list of things to consider. You want to get the best value for money, but without being a training mechanic, how do you know that that’s what you’re getting? Sure you can take it to a garage before buying, and if you’re buying from a site like ebay or gumtree, you probably should anyway. But it’s time-consuming and a complete waste if the car turns out to be a dud.

Price

You should be thinking about money in two ways – the first is whether you have enough of it. Cars aren’t cheap, and if your credit isn’t up to scratch, you might have to look into a bad credit car loan to make your purchase. The second thing is whether the price of the vehicle matches what you’re being sold. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Research the make and model and see what the average price for that car is. If you’re being charged way over, then walk away and find a better deal elsewhere. If they are asking for much less, then there’s something wrong with the car.

Condition

Always check on the condition of the car, don’t just take it at face value. Bring along a mechanic to see the car, or take it to a garage to be looked at before you buy it. If it just looks like it’s got a dent or scrape here and there – don’t count that out as cosmetic. There could easily be underlying damage to the vehicle and might call for body work to be replaced rather than buffed out. The older the car, the more issues it could have, so balance the cost against the quality.

History

Only buy a car if you have its full service history. That way you know exactly what has been done to the car, what’s new and what is more likely to go sooner. You’ll also have the details from its last MOT, so you’ll be able to see what advisory fixes have yet to be done on the car. It’s nice to know whether the past owners were racing teenagers or a diddy old lady. You can tell the difference in how the car would have been treated through knowing a bit about the previous owners.

Reputation

When buying online, always look into the reputation of the seller. If its a garage or car dealership you should easily be able to find reviews on Google about their services. If you’re buying from a site like eBay or gumtree, like we mentioned before, you have to trust the reviews on that site. Usually, ecommerce shops like these are quick to dock points from bad sellers, but there are always first time sellers who don’t have any ratings yet, that you will have to decide to trust based on your communication with them.

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Beyond The Price Tag: Working Out The True Cost Of Your Car Purchase

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Buying a car is a huge decision, not least on a financial front, which is why every driver should be committed to getting it right. While finding a suitable vehicle that won’t break the bank is one thing, the choice of model is only one factor for making a smart decision.

If you can haggle on the price, that’s great. However, there are many contributing factors to the overall cost of car ownership, and you must take them all into account. Here are five of the most crucial elements.

Repayment charges. Most people aren’t in a position to pay for their car outright. Therefore, the price you see isn’t always the price you’ll pay overall. Learn to understand repayment at auto.loan, and you’ll be in a far stronger position to make your choice. If you’re upgrading from an older car, you must also factor in the part-ex price. After all, that asset could go a long way to reducing the financial strain.

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Running costs. Boasting a beast with a big engine might provide an initial sense of excitement, but it could also result in greater gas consumption. On a similar note, overly big and weighty vehicle will cost more to run than smaller ones. Given that there are now dozens of brilliant superminis and other modest sized vehicles on the market, you’d be a fool to go unnecessarily large. Keep it as small as your lifestyle allows, and the long-term costs will fall.

Replacement parts. All cars need a little TLC from time to time. Opting for a standard manufacturer like Ford will ensure that new parts and repair jobs are far cheaper. When opting for an old car, you also need to think about the tech upgrades that may make driving safer. With this in mind, opting for a car that’s 20 years old could be counterproductive. As long as you consider the long-term needs as well as the immediate budget limitations, you should be just fine.

Insurance cost. After the purchase itself, the biggest cost is likely to revolve around insurance.  Regardless of the vehicle, you should always search for the best coverage and package. This is easier than ever thanks to online price comparison websites like thezebra.com. Conversely, overlooking the need to consider insurance could see you taking on a far greater expense than you imagined. Tax and other additional costs should be factored in too, but insurance is king.

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Resale price. For most drivers, it’ll only be a few years before a newer car is wanted. Depreciation rates can be rapid, which is why you should look for cars that hold value. Of course, this won’t be the top item on your agenda, but it is something worth considering. After all, making a smart decision now will put you in a stronger position when it comes to upgrading. The knock-on effect could have a telling impact for the rest of your life.

So, as you can see, the cost of car isn’t all about the price displayed in the showroom. Cover all the bases, and you’ll become a far happier owner.