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How To Buy A Quality Used Sports Car Without Getting Taken

Nov 14, 2007
In many cases the best value in relation to money spent is to buy something that has been previously owned, this is demonstrated well in the automotive industry and especially with used sports cars. There are many people who would love to own a high performance vehicle just for the thrill of the driving experience that they offer but maybe cannot afford the price of owning a new one. When you look at the cost of a new sports car in addition to the high cost of insurance it can be extremely expensive.

Many times a car enthusiast may go shopping for a used sports car while having a brand new one in mind. The main thing with buying a used high performance car is to get the best performing and highest quality car you can get for the investment you have. This is why you want to identify your wants and needs before you begin the shopping process.

In order to be sure that you don't spend too much you need to set a budget beforehand as well. Do your research by browsing auto trader type magazines as well as looking at internet sites such as eBay Motors to get an idea of what cars like you have in mind are going for currently.

With a sports car, perhaps more than any other type of vehicle, it is crucial that you examine the vehicle thoroughly to be sure that it has been well maintained and that it has not been abused. The four main areas to concentrate on are the body, interior, the engine, and the maintenance records.

First off you want to open the hood and take a look at the overall condition of the engine compartment as well as checking the fluids. You don't have to be a rocket scientist, heck you don't even have to be mechanically inclined to be able to look over the area and do some basic fluid checks.

You also want to check the inside of the tailpipe for any signs of grease or excessive moisture. Grease can indicate a compression problem.

Do a careful walk around the car checking for dents, scratches and obvious overspray that indicates repainting that could mean the vehicle has been wrecked. Pay attention to rubber strips and molding as well as the inside of the fuel filler door area.

Lastly, you will definitely want to drive the car before you make any kind of offer. You can't tell anything about the performance or find out if there are any problems such as alignment without a test drive.

If you take your time and you are careful and patient you can get a really good deal by purchasing a used sports car over a new one and possible get the car of your dreams.
About the Author
Gregg Hall is an author living with his beautiful wife and family in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about sports cars as well as car care products at http://www.5starshine.com
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