If you are buying your first car or one for the new driver in your home, you might look at used car deals and think they are great. You never want to be buying a hunk of metal with a ton of problems, but there are many used cars that are a great deal. We can help you to know a little bit of information about buying used, depreciation and car titles when it comes to used cars.
The process of buying a car can be quite an exciting experience, especially if it’s your first car. However, If you’re low on cash, buying a used car is probably best for you. You won’t get rebates, cash incentives or financing for many used cars like you would a new one, but you will get payments that are easier to afford.
Keep in mind that if you only need a car for a short while, a new car’s value will depreciate after you’ve driven it off the lot. A good rule of thumb is that a car will only be worth about 80% of the retail price once it is bought and driven. With used, you don’t get that and can still resale it for closer to what you bought it for if you take care of it. Make sure you don’t buy something that is severely damaged and will cause you more repairs than it’s worth.
The biggest factor in deciding to buy a used car is if it has been in an accident. Even a minor scrape on a car may be considered an “accident” by an insurance company, when there really was no real damage done. Make sure you take the car to a body shop to have it inspected thoroughly before you buy it. If it’s a good shop, they can see past the previous work that was done to see if the car was truly fixed up. They can find hasty patch-up jobs that will bring you problems. If the job was hasty, there may be other hidden damages that you can’t see.
You also want to pay attention to the title the car has. A salvage title is given to a car that has been in an accident, but the cost to repair it was more than it is actually worth. A rebuilt title is given when a car has been in an accident, but it’s had an inspection and is considered “safe” by the state. Rebuilt titles can never be changed, so the person can’t cover up major damage a car’s had. However, if the car was in a bad enough accident that the title was changed on the car, seriously consider not buying it.
No matter if you buy a new or a used car, it’s vital that you keep the car in good working order. This is very important if you need to resale it later:
These are just a few examples of ways to maintain your car. If you are buying a used car, then you probably want to save money. You won’t do that if you don’t get your car the repairs it needs or if you don’t make sure the car is in good working order before you buy it.
Buying a used car won’t be a great deal with every person or every family. If you want to save some money, buying used can save you thousands, especially if the car has been used for less than a year or if it has no previous damage. When you know you only need a second car for a short amount of time, buying a used car is a great deal because you can get it way cheaper than the original sale price and you can resale it. To make sure your car stays in top shape, call Scott’s Fort Collins Auto at (970) 682-4202 for all your maintenance needs.