How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A Used Car

Don’t be ripped off the next time you purchase a used car.

The last thing you want is to buy something that is…

a) Not worth the money you have forked out on it, and/or…

b) A lemon of a car that costs you a fortune in repairs.

To help you then, we recommend the following tidbits of advice.

Visit a respectable used car dealer

When buying a used car, you could purchase your set of wheels from a private seller. While this is perfectly acceptable, the chances of you being ripped off are higher than when going to a used car dealer. This is because a private seller will rarely offer you a warranty, and unlike a car dealer, they don’t have to worry about damaging their reputation as a business owner. We aren’t suggesting all private sellers are out to make a fast buck, but for peace of mind, you might prefer the relative safety of a used car dealer. Still, you should still take care when choosing a dealership, so ask for recommendations from friends and family, read online reviews, and look for proof of honesty on the dealer website, such as the AA Dealer Promise as showcased at Century Cars, which can offer you some guarantee that you are less likely to be ripped off.

Compare car prices

Imagine the look on your face when you discover the exact same brand and model of the car you have just bought can be purchased cheaper elsewhere. Red of face and sickened to the stomach; you will quickly realise that the seller may have ripped you off by overcharging you. You can avoid such a situation by visiting Car Price Checker online, or by doing your own Google search of the type of car you are looking for. This way, you will get an idea of the kind of prices your preferred car is going for, so when visiting private sellers or dealers, you won’t be misled by any inflated price tags.

Find out how much your car is worth

If you’re planning on part-exchanging your car, you don’t want to be fooled by any seller who tells you your car is worth less than it actually is. You will only feel short-changed when you discover that yes, you have been ripped off and that you should have been given a better deal by the seller. Assuming your car is in good condition, you can get a pretty good idea as to its worth by researching the selling price from online and offline retailers. You might also use a free valuation tool online, or seek the advice from any car dealer you know. After discovering your car’s worth, you will then be in a better position to haggle a better deal from the seller, with the knowledge that you aren’t being taken for a (proverbial) ride!

#4: Check out the car before purchase

Finally, to ensure you don’t drive away in a four-wheeled lemon of a car, ask a qualified mechanic to examine the car before you hand over your cash. If there are any problems, you should either demand the seller makes the necessary repairs, or walk away from the purchase without a second look over your shoulder. You should also take the car for an extended test drive, using this advice to ascertain the car’s viability. By taking both steps, and after adhering to the other tips in this article, you are less likely to feel ripped off after buying your new (used) motor.

Thanks for reading!

*This is a collaborative post*

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