Has your vehicle seen better days? If so, you’re probably starting the search for a new car before your old one leaves you stranded on the side of the road. Before you begin your search, however, you have a big decision to make about your future car: new or used?
If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, a used vehicle can be a great option. In 2010, the average used car cost less than $9,000, while new vehicles were over $26,000.
Used cars may be more economical, but it is important to do your research before committing to buying any car, regardless of the price. Luckily, the Internet has made shopping for a reliable used car easier than ever before.
Cars.com is a great place to begin your used car shopping experience. You can easily search for and find used and certified pre–owned cars and dealerships in your area. Once you find something you like, you are able to look at the car details, including features, seller’s notes and even expert reviews. If you decide it’s worth trying, contact information is provided so that you can schedule a time to see the car and take it for a test drive.
The Internet is very helpful in starting your search, but it shouldn’t end there. Make sure you actually see and test drive a used car before making the purchase. You should also ask the seller about the cars history, any problems it might have and what kinds of warranties it may comes with.
Also keep in mind that the advertised price is not necessarily what you should pay for it. Don’t be afraid to negotiate.
While there are some great deals out there for new cars, don’t forget to do your research, and never feel pressured into making a purchase you are not comfortable with.