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Used Luxury Cars: A Step By Step Guide For How To Make A Quality Purchase

Aug 17, 2007
Buying used luxury cars is such an emotional process that it's often difficult to separate what you want from what is best. This phenomenon results from the human mind's tendency to make a decision and then seek out facts to strengthen and justify that decision, rather than look at things objectively.

When it comes to buying used luxury cars, you'll not only want to choose one that looks and feels great, but one that also makes financial sense now and in the long run. Using this step by step guide to buying used luxury cars, you can feel good about the fact that you've run your decision though an appropriate 'checks and balances' process.

Organize your requirements
The BMW roadster is hot, but will it suit your family's needs? Is safety more important than a sportier look? How much of a monthly payment can you honestly afford? Even if you do think you know what you want before entering the car lot, the sea of beautiful curves and luscious interiors of all the different types of used luxury cars can easily convince you that you need something different. Be sure to write down your needs first so that you can revert to them later. Maybe you will decide on something completely different-you don't want to take all of the fun out of the buying process. But by keeping this list as a guidepost, you can avoid the "what was I thinking?" feeling later.

Research car makers
Most people have a general idea about what brand of used luxury cars they like based on they way they look on the road. Before limiting your search, conduct some research on the auto maker before you become sold on any one in particular. Which auto maker has had the least number of recalls on their cars over the last 10 years? What types of awards has each auto maker won? If safety is your biggest concern, look for car makers that consistently win safety awards such as Volvo.

Find out what owners are saying
One of the largest benefits of buying used luxury cars is that you have the opportunity to find out what real people are saying about the year model that you're considering. Typically, the first year of a new model has more problems than subsequent years of that same model. You don't want to buy a certain year and model only to find out that thousands of owners complained about the noisy brakes or the uncomfortable seats when all of that information was available online. Even the most well-intentioned sales people don't know the intricacies of a used luxury cars year, make, and model like the owner does.

Get the fax
Once you narrow down your selection from the many used luxury cars available to the one you're interested in, always get a Carfax vehicle history report. If possible, get the maintenance history reports as well to ensure that the car received proper oil changes and maintenance from its previous owner. If you find anything that indicates poor care, you may want to reconsider and choose another vehicle of the same year, make and model.

Buying a used vehicle makes a lot of sense today. Today's vehicles, especially the luxury lines, maintain their performance more now than ever before. The key to choosing used vehicles is to find a knowledgeable dealership that you trust, that has made a commitment to only choosing the best value used luxury cars for their lot. This, along with research and planning, can help you choose a vehicle that will bring you happiness for many years to come.
About the Author
Author is a writer for A&G Select Imports who specialize in used
luxury cars
. For additional information you can visit http://www.agselectimports.com.
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