Why is buying a used car so hard?

It’s time-consuming, you need some way to save time, like maybe not going around every used car dealer in town. This is where searching through the classified is a better way of doing things. It is helpful to locate a site with a huge inventory. It is essential to research the site as not all of them are reliable, “buyer beware” could be the simplest way of putting it.

The challenge is if you don’t actually have some idea of the make and model you are looking for when you search online. You need to type in a search term and if you don’t know the difference between a coupe and hatchback you’re going to struggle. Some cars may be considered “family cars” while others as “commuter cars.” Maybe start with the kind of vehicle you really need then look for the type of cars which aren’t in demand so much but have an okay reputation.

A common buyers mistake is seeking out “trending cars.” Be careful about this! These might not be the cars to look for If you are on a budget. It might mean that the car could have some value when it comes to sell it, but there’s not guarantee. The problem is of course you do require a reliable make and model.

There are hundreds of low mileage cars out there, some are courtesy cars, some are rentals, some are used by management. There are hundreds of reasons why a car has so few miles on the clock, but do your research to be on the safe side.

Key elements to watch out it is whether the car is badly damaged, stolen or altered. Look for a trader with some quality reviews. It may be possible to find independent reports done by several companies.

Haggle for the price, stop the deal if you feel uncertain. Ask to take the car on a test drive. Bring your license–people do get pulled over on a test drive.

If you pay cash, there is sometimes a discount but there is not as much protection. And most people don’t like carrying thousands of pounds around.

One of the simplest ways to know if you’re dealing with a quality trader/dealership/individual seller is if they will let you make arrangements for an independent inspector. This helps you negotiate over price too. You can offer the seller a copy of the inspection as an enticement to cooperate with the process. If they won’t cooperate, walk away.


The auction is a riskier way to buy as you are unlikely to have any legal protection. Remember to read through the terms and conditions. As with any auction it’s important to have a budget and to keep to it, though If you have your heart set on a specific vehicle this may be not be easy. Take time to consider your action and, as before, walk away if needs be. It’s easy to say these pleasantries, but many people don’t.

Beware of getting involved in a financial agreement, these cause more problems than they might solve. It’s best to check if you actually qualify—don’t fall in love with a car then try to figure out how to afford it. And don’t just take the seller’s word for it.

Getting a discount on diesels is relatively easy as there is less demand than a hybrid or electric car, so this is one way to save money.

When you think about it, it’s not that surprising that car shopping is so stressful, there are so many intricacies here. But if you like your cars you may feel the potholes you encounter are worth it. If you don’t love car shopping look for help from someone you know that does. Another option is to hire a car inspection service like TireKickers.

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