Buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle is becoming increasingly more popular in today’s economy. In 2009, 35,492,000 used cars were sold. This number jumped about 4% in 2010 to 36,884,000 used cars sold.
Used or Certified Pre-owned vehicles are a better fit financially for many looking to get a new vehicle. It is important to remember to not purchase a vehicle based on price alone. There are many key concepts to keep in mind, many which are similar to those performed if purchasing a new car. The first of these is to consider your needs both financially and functionally. Do not buy a car that is going to cost more than you can afford or that will not be able to keep up with your day to day needs.
Once you have found a car that meets your needs the next step is to have the vehicle inspected before purchase. Many dealerships will already do this, but to be safe, do your own inspection as well. This is so you can see exactly what you are getting so there will be no surprises when you own it. It is also important to test drive this car before you commit to it. A test drive gives a sneak peak to how it drives out on the roads. It gives you time to actually experience the different aspects of the car.
Finally, purchase the car. While this is easier said than done, make sure to negotiate a price that you feel fits the cars, but also your budget. It is important to keep your financial situation in mind at this point in time. Make sure the payments on the car do not exceed what you can afford.
Buying a used or certified pre-owned vehicle has many benefits that are often overlooked.