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How to Avoid Being Ripped Off When Buying a Used Car

When you’re shopping for a used vehicle, it’s easy to get ripped off by swanky salesman and private sellers looking to make a quick buck. Luckily, a bit of knowledge and experience can save you from buying a total lemon of a car. Here’s a quick guide to buying a used car without getting ripped off.

Bring a Trusted and Knowledgeable Friend
Don’t shy away from enlisting a friend who is knowledgeable about motor vehicles to help you pick a car. Your friend can ask all the tough questions you may have not known you needed to ask in the first place. If you suspect there might be issues with the car, hire a professional car inspector who can inspect the details and find any faults the used vehicle may have. Don’t be afraid to ask for more time if you need a more thorough car inspection.

Take a Test Drive

Even if the owners insist on going with you, it’s important to take a used car for a spin to see if it drives properly. A responsible seller will let you drive the vehicle around the block or even on the highway to make sure it rides properly. Make sure the keys work in the ignition and the engine runs right. You don’t want to be stuck on the road after driving away and paying for a vehicle that doesn’t work to its best ability.

Check the Details

Make sure your car comes with an updated inspection to save you some stress. The mileage is also a good way to judge the quality of the car. Look for nicks and damage to make an assessment on how much the vehicle is worth.

Look It Up Online

With new technology, you can easily type in your car’s license plate and model to see if it has been in prior accidents and determine if any work needs to be done. A simple search will show you the mechanisms of the vehicle and if you should avoid the purchase completely.

Keep Your Composure

When you’re desperate for a car, it’s easy to get overexcited and jump at the chance for a great deal. Try to keep your mind collected as you negotiate the deal. A trusted seller will be able to work with your budget and perhaps present a price that works for you both.

With the right frame of mind, you can easily find the vehicle you love without getting ripped off. Purchasing a car involves a lot of money, so use it wisely.

When buying a used car, it’s beneficial to get a pre-purchase auto inspection from Lemon Squad to avoid being scammed. Our technicians can check the car for a variety of potential issues. Call us today at 888-231-7965 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives.