Buying a used car? A few simple tips…

Have you recently taken a look at the average cost of a brand new vehicle? According to several sources, it is well over $30,000 (25,000 pounds). If you are one of the millions of Americans who are strapped for cash, but need a reliable mode of transportation, this is just not a viable option. The solution? The most logical answer is to purchase a used vehicle and save yourself several thousand dollars.

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However, if you have never purchased a second-hand vehicle you may be a bit nervous about the transaction. The good news is there are a number of ways you can find the quality vehicle you want and need at a price you can afford. Checking things like the condition of the LED pro headlights or tires is essential in the used car buying process.

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Look at the Maintenance History

You should order the service history of the car you want to purchase. This will give you the information you need to confirm that the vehicle was cared for properly. Some of the most basic signs that the prior owner maintained the vehicle regularly include air filter replacements, tire rotations and oil changes. This is all service that ensures the vehicle continues to run properly and can help extend its life.

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Inspect the Appearance Carefully

Just because you are purchasing a used vehicle it does not mean you cannot find a stylish option. Be sure that you carefully inspect the vehicle’s exterior and that it is free from any mismatched paint, scratches, dings and rust. All of these seemingly small details may show that the vehicle was not well cared for or that it was in an accident. You should also open and close the trunk, doors and hood to ensure they close properly and that the seal is tight. Be sure you also look at the vehicles interior to ensure that the console and dashboard are in good shape and that the seats are not scratched, ripped or worn.

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Test the Tires

To ensure your safety, you need to ensure the tires are in superior shape. If you are not sure what to look for, you can use the tried and true penny test. Place a penny into the treads so that you can see Honest Abe. After the penny is inserted, if you can still see the top of his head, then you need to replace the tires. Be sure to do this test on all the tires.

Buying a used vehicle can be just as fun and exciting as a new one, but with a much lower price tag. Using the tips here will help ensure you get a quality and reliable vehicle that you love.

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