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Extended Warranty for Used Car Buying

Jan 20, 2008
There are many ways to save when you are buying a car, but some of us don't even think about some things that could save us a lot of money in the end. In this article we are going to talk about buying a car from a dealership and some things to look out for to help you save.

First of all savings is always an issue when you are out car buying. You want to make sure you have the best deal. The first thing you will do is research the car or cars you are interested in. Then you are going to shop around at the car dealerships. You may even look at a few private sales just to see if there is something worthwhile in that arena. When you are car buying from a dealership the best thing you can do is drive around on the lots on a Sunday. Most car dealerships are not open on a Sunday and while their gates may be locked you can still walk around. You won't have to deal with any sales people while you look at the cars they have on the lot. This will enable you to note the cars you are interested and arm yourself with the proper information so that when you go back to test drive the vehicle and make sure it is in great mechanical shape you can do so without wasting time.

The best way to save on car buying is to be armed with the financial facts about the car. Basically know what a used vehicle goes for according to Kelly Blue Book and the other consumer reports. Also know the price of a new model vehicle. If you know what a dealership will try to get and the cars actual worth you will have some bargaining power.

Also go armed to have a down payment or trade in to count towards the actual purchase of the vehicle. This will help keep the costs down for you. The most important thing to consider before you even step foot into the office is the extended warranty. There is a lot of conjecture as to whether paying for the warranty is worthwhile. Most of the newer cars have a lot of cost regarding even minor issues such as the seat warmer not working or the replacement of some simple air hoses. While the parts don't often cost a lot the labor is very intensive when speaking of cost. The extended warranty covers some costs such as mechanical failure in the engine and replacing such things as breaks. However hoses, general maintenance such as oil changes and the required checkups are not covered in the warranty. In fact the extended warranty really only deals with the most major of issues. Therefore you have to weigh the cost for effectiveness. You may find the calculation of paying the extra fifteen or twenty dollars a month for five years is more than actually paying for something if the vehicle did have a mechanical issue.
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Mark Robinson writes for Auto-Loans.GuideFin.com. Visit his website for information about new car loans.
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