- Determine your requirements.
If you consider purchasing a used vehicle, you most likely have an idea of the type of vehicle you want. Before you dive in, spend some time gathering information about the car you’re looking for. Consider the features you’re looking for and categorize them into wants and needs columns.
- Establish a budget.
If you need a standard car loan, you should check with your bank to see if you qualify. They will tell you how much and at what rate you are permitted to spend. You can then shop this rate at the dealership to buy and get the best deal.
- Speak with the Seller
If you’re buying privately, find out if the owner is the original owner and how long they’ve had the vehicle. Find out as much as you can about the used cars in yakima and ensure that it has been safety-certified by a licensed mechanic. Inquire if there are any mechanical problems at this time. Tell the owner that it is a little out of your price range and ask if you can still come to see it. If they say yes, they’ve already set themselves up for a lower offer.
- Take the vehicle for a test drive.
Always take the vehicle for a test drive. Allow the owner to drive it first. This may provide you with some insight into how the car has been cared for. Look for noises and vibrations that could indicate a problem with the suspension or brakes. A safety certificate only certifies that the vehicle is currently safe to drive. A private seller is not required to pass on recommendations made by the certifying mechanic for minor issues such as brake or tire wear.
- Look at the Vehicle History.
You’ve test-driven the vehicle and asked the owner for any service or maintenance records. This will inform you if the car has ever been in an accident, flooded, burned, rebuilt, or stolen. Never purchase a vehicle without first obtaining a vehicle history report.
This is the part that most people are afraid of. They believe they must haggle and are uncomfortable with the process. If you respond to an ad where the price has already been specified, you know what the Seller expects.