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Used Car Dealers: How to Win a Fight with the Dealership

Feb 27, 2008
If you are planning to buy a vehicle but have insufficient budget, it would be wise if you would settle to buy a used auto.

For quite some time, many buyers of such cars could attest that if done properly and if the choice of used vehicle is made wisely, used car purchase would not just be practical, but also highly economical and wise. However, you also have to make sure you would not be conned by the used car dealer.

The ability to outsmart a scheming and dishonest used car dealer would be your greatest challenge when you settle to buy a used auto. Issues and setbacks about the quality and overall condition of the used vehicle you are buying would be lessened if not totally eliminated just by making sure you are getting the best deals from the used car dealer.

As you all know, used car dealers always aim to outwit you. They would do anything to make a used auto look spectacular and attractive to you. In the process, a dealer would always set a goal to set a high price for the car purchase, something you would definitely want to avoid.

Here are some useful tips that would definitely help you win a fight with the used car dealer.

1. Do not get easily motivated by the strong descriptions used by the agents of the used car dealer. Always remember that such agents are trained to become savvy and persuasive salespersons.

They would always make use of good and convincing adjectives like racy, sporty, trendy, fast, powerful and others, just to make their point and finally convince you to purchase a specific used auto model. Most of the time, the good and attractive descriptions do not appropriately fit the used vehicle.

2. Do a little background check about the car model you are eyeing to buy. You can secure from the used car dealer the history and ownership record of the old car.

If you would be wise enough, you can properly analyze the repair and maintenance history of the car. At the same time, make sure the ownership documents and titles are clear so that ownership would be fully transferred to you upon car purchase.

3. Inspect the used auto properly and thoroughly. If you can bring along with you an expert or a well competent mechanic, the better. Remember that a used car dealer would not openly admit and reveal hidden damages and discouraging records and history.

You would have to unveil and find those facts yourself. And you could easily do that simple check through a mechanic. He should be able to know and tell you an estimate about how many times the used auto has already been serviced in its lifetime.

4. Avoid 'recall' and 'lemon' used vehicles. Recalled used autos had been pulled out by the manufacturer or distributor due to technical and mechanical issues. A lemon car has problems and damages that could never ever be remedied or fixed.

5. Finally, test-drive the car. If it feels good to ride and drive it, the used auto surely would be useful to you. Otherwise, find another model or moreover, find a better and more trusted used car dealer.
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Alex Baumm. Find much more tips on Car Purchase and how to deal with Used Car Dealers at the CarClubTalk Car Forum
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