Cars For Sale By Owner
If you have cash in hand, this is the section you want to look. You can get the best deals here. Before you decide on the first vehicle you see you need to make sure you know what kind of car you want. It is recommended you take about a week or so to view the available cars on Craigslist if you do not know what you want. If you you viewing a large section such as Craigslist NY or Craigslist Orange County, you will have your pick of the liter. But be patient. This will get you familiar with the different types and models. Once you find a few cars you are interested in, do some research. Make sure the car you are wanting to buy does not have any parts under recall or that are known as defective. Read reviews on other people who have the same car. This cause spare you the agony of buying a natural lemon. Also look at the common prices for the vehicle you are wishing to purchase. You do not want to over spend. Sources like Kelly Blue Book will give you a good idea at the worth of the vehicle you are interested in. Once you have decided on the type of vehicle you are looking for, it is time to stat watching the cars for sale by owner section on Craigslist. Cars are posted often. They come and go. So be patient and selective when looking for a car. If the one you want sells before you get a chance to look at it, you will have the opportunity to find another one just like it most likely.
Now that you have found the car you are interested in. You have decided the price is fair, the pictures look good and the seller is in a reasonable location for you to check it out. This is the point where you want to contact the seller. Most serious sellers will leave a contact number and if they do not answer right away, they will return your call as soon as they can. You are looking for an honest seller who has maintained the vehicle properly. A really good seller will have all maintenance records. While a lot of people do not keep all of their maintenance records and this should not be expected, it is definitely a plus.
If you happen to know someone about cars that can go a long with you, great! If not that is OK also. Just make sure the car has good tires, has been well taken care of, is not leaking fluids and runs properly. It is always best to have a mechanic inspect it first if you can. Also make sure the car has a clean Carfax report.
Cars For Sale By Dealer
If you can avoid buying a used car from a car dealer, do so. Most of the time you end up getting the dealerships reject trade in. Not only that but you end up paying interest and full coverage insurance. over time this can end up costing you thousands. if you do have some credit and require financing this is probably your best option though. Same rules apply when buying from a car dealership as they do by owner.