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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tips To Make Used Car Shopping Easier

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  My father-in-law needed a new car after he had an accident. He needed the car quickly as he had no other form of transportation. My husband agreed to help his dad find a nice used car at an affordable price. My husband really only had a day to go car shopping with his dad and the last thing he wanted to do was visit way too many car dealers. So my husband did the smart thing and went to Cars.com By turning to the internet my husband was able to do plenty of research before he took his dad out car shopping.

Have a price in mind

My father-in-law received a check from the insurance agency after the accident so my husband started shopping online for cars within the price range of the amount of the check. I love that you can put a price range in at Cars.com and see all the cars that are available in your area. You can also choose the type of car, brand, and even color. The best part is you can do it all from home, any time of day, without having to visit a dealer. You are seeing real cars that are available for you to purchase.

Know the history of the car

Find out information on the car before you fall in love with it. Check out the Carfax report before you look at the car so you know if it has been in any accidents. That way you do not buy a damaged car. This report will tell you things like how many owners the car has had, what kind of repairs have been made on the car and other important things.

Call ahead

Once you find some cars that you want to check out, call the dealer to make sure that the car is still available. The last thing you want to be told when you arrive is, I sold that car this morning. This is also good as the dealer can get the car ready for a test drive and that saves you time.

Narrow down your car selection
If you are able to, narrow down your car selection to a couple of cars/dealers. With all the information that is available at Cars.com, you can find your car without having to look at way too many cars with a pushy salesman. There are plenty of photos for each car that is listed on Cars.com so you can see every angle and detail about the car before you buy.

Get preapproved

Get preapproved for your car loan if you are not paying cash. That way you know how much you have to spend before you fall in love with that nice red car. 
Take a test drive

Drive the car before you buy as this helps in more than seeing if the car runs well. My father-in-law has troubles getting into cars so we had to make sure he could get in and out of the car he was going to buy. Several of the cars that my husband put on the list to buy got eliminated because his dad had troubles getting out of the car.

My husband was able to get his dad a car in a couple of hours when he took his dad out car shopping with the help of all the useful information that he found at Cars.com. His dad was happy too. So do some research online before you get to the car dealer. It will make car shopping so much easier.


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