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Aug 25, 2008
So, you'd like to go buy a sports car, but the prices are proving a bit too much to handle for your current financial situation. This might lead you to look at the used car market to save some money. This is a great idea, but if you're looking to buy a used sports car, there are several caveats to be aware of that are more sports car specific.

First of all, keep in mind that sports car performance is constantly changing. Buying unmodified older cars almost always means lower performance. The key here is to have realistic expectations about what you're getting from a sports car of a given age. Look at performance specs online, and see how your model of choice stacks up to the more recent years. Realistic expectations are key.

Another potential snag of buying used sports cars is that fact that sports cars are often driven more roughly than most other types of cars. Because of their high performance, sports cars inspire driving habits that are less than optimal for the health of the car, such as gunning the engine and dropping the clutch to launch the car. These types of driving practices can take a terrible toll on the health of the car.

So, how do you mitigate this possible damage? After all, you have only the owners word concerning his/her driving habits. Unfortunately, the only way to get some idea of how the car has been treated is to stereotype. Younger drivers, teenagers in particular, tend to be far rougher on cars than, say, a 50 year old lawyer would be. You can use these stereotypes to your advantage, but they'll never be able to tell you what really went on with the car.

Which is why you should be prepared for some potential repairs/upgrades when buying a used sports car. Of course, for many mechanics out there, this is most of the fun. If you can do your own work, you can get a great deal on a used sports car, and upgrade/repair it to keep it running in tip top shape. If you're not a mechanic, though, be sure to budget for a few repairs here and there.

So, I hope this has given you some idea of how you can buy a used sports car. Of course, all the typical used car buy advice (i.e., do your homework) still applies, so don't neglect this. If you follow these guidelines and do your research, you should be able to walk away with an amazing deal on an excellent sports car that will satisfy your driving needs for years to come.
About the Author
David Wilson is the owner of Cheap Used Cars Central, a site devoted to bringing you quality used cars listings, all under $20,000. Visit today, and find used Ford cars and more at great prices!
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