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Finding Used Cars for Sale by Owner

Jul 16, 2008
If you are in the market for a car, used cars for sale by owner is a good option for finding the car that you are seeking. Used cars last longer these days and hold their value longer than ever before. With the warranties that are available today, you can get a car that is a few years old that still has a long time left on the warranty.

Here are a few tips to follow when shopping for a used car, whether it is a used car for sale by owner or it is at a car dealership.

*Do your homework-know about the car you are considering buying. Know what kind of make and model you are looking for. Find out what kind of gas mileage the car gets. What kind of performance does the car have? Does it have a reputation for known weaknesses?

*Research the history of the car-Carfax is a good way to do this. If the car has been through a wreck or flood, you are going to want to know this. It will also tell you how many owner s the vehicle has had and other pertinent facts about the car.

*Review maintenance records and safety features-how has the car been maintained? Has the oil been changed regularly? What condition are the tires in? How are the brakes on the car?

*Verify the validity of the vehicle documents-Make sure these documents are accurate and not fraudulent.
Buying a used car is a wise decision. New cars depreciate considerably when they are driven off the car lot. When you are purchasing a used car, that depreciation went to the original buyer.

Depending on where you live, a car is a necessity, but it does not have to be a burden if you make your choice carefully. I know many people that will not buy cars new and have save themselves lots of money. There are many resources today for selecting a used car.

There are the traditional methods of finding used cars; local dealers and local publications, just to name a few. But due to the internet, there is a whole new world of electronic resources for finding used cars.

There is eBay, but there are a number of websites that will help you find used cars for sale by owner. Some people feel more comfortable buying from a private owner than a dealer and there are listings that contain cars that all have private owners.
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