Buying a Used Car: A Checklist to Make It Easier
If you’re shopping for a “new to you” vehicle, you’re in good company. In recent years, the used car market has been twice the size of the new car market. And for good reason — typically you can get a better price on a vehicle if you buy used. With more inventory often available online (including cars nationwide that can be shipped to you), buying a used car is easier than ever. If you’re not sure of the process, just follow this helpful checklist.
Decide what type of car you’d like.
Next, identify the key vehicle features that are most important to you. You’ll want to consider:
Your lifestyle: Do you carry equipment for work or outdoor activities? Do you need cargo space for pets? Do you have children, and will you be carpooling? Answering these questions can help you narrow down choices to find the right make and model for you.
Your must-have car safety features: Look for a used car with airbags (some newer models have as many as six), antilock brakes, traction-control systems, enhanced safety belts and electronic stability control. Many newer models also have accident-avoidance systems. Think about the car safety features that are nonnegotiable for you. Then go looking for them.
Ratings and reviews: It’s easy to research consumer reviews online and find out a car’s safety information. You won’t regret learning as much as you can before making a purchase.