Purchasing a Car From an Individual

by Admin on March 15, 2012

It is always a little intimidating when you try to buy a used car. It can be even worse if you are trying to buy from an individual seller. Many people would like to buy a car from an individual to save a little money on the purchase. After all, there is a large amount of overhead at a car dealership.

This is not to say that you should not buy from a dealer. There are many benefits from buying from a reputable dealer. The cars on a dealer’s lot have been professionally reconditioned by detailing inside and out and most dealers will also repair small damage such as door dings and interior blemishes. The cars on a lot have also passed inspection and necessary repairs have been done. Used cars from a dealer are normally covered by a limited warranty to protect you from large repair bills in the event that something does go wrong with the car. Finally, financing and paperwork is often very straightforward when arranged by a dealer.

With that being said, many people would still like to take there chances and buy from an individual seller to save some money. There are a few steps you can take to help ensure that your purchase does not come back to haunt you. Here are a few tips from Gregg Smith Ford.

  1. Be sure to choose a vehicle with high marks for safety and reliability on automotive review sites.
  2. Carefully test drive several cars to narrow down your list to few which are in good shape and handle well.
  3. Once you have settled on one car order a VIN history report to make sure the car has a clean title and has not been in any accidents.
  4. Take the vehicle to a mechanic and have it thoroughly inspected to make sure there is nothing wrong with the car.
  5. If you need a loan for the purchase consider joining a credit union. They offer very low rates and can assist you with the paperwork.

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