USED CARS - HOW MUCH TO PAY? AUTOMOBILE DISCOUNTS - BUYING, LEASING
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Buy a new or used car and save $1000s; avoid repair ripoffs.
How to negotiate a new car deals for the lowest price. How to check out and bargain for a quality used car. Get quality auto repairs for the lowest cost. Avoid scams from mechanics; know how to avoid automobile repair problems.
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4.0 USED CARS - HOW MUCH TO PAY? AUTOMOBILE DISCOUNTS - BUYING, LEASING
Determine how much you can afford. Then subtract these guesstimates: You can afford.............$5,000 Mechanic to inspect(2 cars)..-150 Initial repairs..............-500 Sales tax/title..............-350 ------------------------------------- Look to pay: $4000
As a rule of thumb, you can finance 85% of the Blue Book value of your next used car. 15% must come as a cash down payment or from your trade-in.
4.0.1 WHICH CAR TO BUY?
Choose a common car, one that is easy to repair and easy to find parts for. Be flexible; with a used car you need to select from what's available. Avoid exotic cars. NEVER buy a car that has been in an accident.
Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue lists "reliable used cars" starting at $2000 and "used
cars to avoid." NEVER even look at cars on their list to avoid. The issue also includes
comprehensive frequency-of-repair charts for most vehicles in the last seven years. ALWAYS
look at these charts when considering a particular model. They tell you the areas that a
mechanic should look at closely. Also look at the lists of good and bad cars in The Used
4.0.2 HOW MUCH IS A CAR WORTH?
Prices can vary considerably in different parts of the country. Mileage and condition are important.
Edmund's Used Cars Prices & Ratings gives you benchmark figures for just about any used vehicle in the last ten years. It includes a chart that shows what to add/subtract based on the car's mileage. You should try to buy for a bit above the listed wholesale price, the seller will want to sell for a bit below retail.
Edmund's price is an estimate only. The next step is to get local publications with ads for used cars. Convenience stores frequently carry local publications with hundreds of car ads, including pictures. Also look in the classified ads of the newspaper. Write down in a notebook the make, model, price, mileage, equipment and needed repairs. Call sellers with cars in good condition at reasonable asking prices. (You'll bargain them down).
4.0.3 WHO TO BUY THE VEHICLE FROM
Individuals sell about half the used cars available and usually offer the best price. If you are buying a late model car, you might want to get it from a dealer with a warranty; read the warranty carefully.