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Nearly seven years ago, I made one of the most extravagant purchases of my life. After a couple of years of saving money, I bought a shiny new silver sedan. This beautiful car was fitted with a luxurious custom grill. For the first several months, I constantly looked at my stunning new car through the windows of my back door. My acquisition was definitely worth the wait. I’m glad I waited to save the money needed to make a cash purchase. Now, I can enjoy my car without having to worry about monthly payments. On this blog, you will learn how to shop for the best car for your budget. Enjoy the ride!


Worth the Wait

Obstacles You May Run Into When Buying A Used Car From An Individual

by Constance Bryant

Buying a used car can be a little scary. You are taking over a vehicle that once belonged to someone else and that you don't know a lot about. Most people trust used car dealerships when they want a used vehicle because of this, but if you do decide to buy a used vehicle from an individual, you really have to take extra precautions. There are a lot of stumbling blocks that can come up when buying a used vehicle that you wouldn't have to deal with if you were buying from a dealership. Here's a look at a few of the common issues that can come up and what you can do to work around them. 

Problem: The individual does not feel comfortable letting you test drive the car. 

Taking a car for a test drive is really important. This test drive can show you problems you wouldn't otherwise see if the vehicle is sitting at an idle in one place. If the owner doesn't want to allow you to take the car for a spin, ask them if they will drive while you go along for the ride. 

Problem: The individual is asking too much for the vehicle. 

Vehicles all have a fair market value, but individuals selling a vehicle can sometimes put a price on their used vehicle without knowing that fair price. If you believe the car you've found is priced too steep, take the time to look at the Kelley Blue Book website to get the actual value of the vehicle. Let the seller know the value you've found and try to negotiate. 

Problem: The individual doesn't know anything about the mechanical health of the car. 

Not everyone is a mechanic, so not every individual seller can tell you in an educated way whether or not a car's motor is in good health. At a car dealership, cars that come in are usually inspected by a mechanic, so that information is readily available. If the buyer doesn't know anything about the engine or whether the car is mechanically sound, it is best if you get a professional assessment by a mechanic, even if you have to pay for it. 

Buying a used vehicle is an excellent way to get the vehicle you need without a major investment up front. While you always have the option of working with an individual seller, it is oftentimes better to go to a car dealership to check out what they have available first, such as pre owned Fords for sale