Charles Essmeier

With the price of a new car getting higher and higher each year, many buyers choose to buy used cars instead. The price of a new car can easily equal a year’s pay for many people, so buying a used car makes sense. But there are risks associated with buying a pre-owned vehicle. What if is defective? What if it is a lemon law buyback? Once should always be a bit suspicious of a used vehicle. After all, if it is a great buy, then why did the original owner choose to part with it?

To resolve some of these issues, as well as to compete with volume dealers of used cars such as Carmax, the major auto manufacturers have introduced the concept of a “certified used car.” These cars are inspected for problems, repaired if necessary, and offered for sale with a warranty that is better than the one typically offered with sales of used cars. In exchange for this added peace of mind, the buyer pays a higher price than he or she otherwise might.

This program is good for dealers, who find the cars easier to sell, and for the manufacturers, who get a fee from the dealers in exchange for certifying the vehicles. The problem for the consumer is that there are cars being sold as certified used cars that may not really be certified. Worse, some of these cars have problems that are so severe that they possibly shouldn’t be sold at all.

Some states have rigid laws that prevent cars with certain types of damage, such as from fire, flood, or a severe accident, from being sold within that state under any circumstances. And yet there are reports of such vehicles having been transported to neighboring states, where their titles can be “laundered.” Some of these cars have then been sold as certified used cars.

There are several lawsuits pending in California over the sale of such cars, and the problem will continue to exist as long as there is no national standard regarding the sale of used cars. Does this mean that buyers should steer clear of certified used cars? Of course not. What it does mean is that buyers should exercise caution when they shop for a used vehicle, whether it is certified or not. And that is just plain common sense.


What is the best thing to say or mention in terms of lowering the price at a used car dealership? What can i mention? Some deals? HELP!

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05 Infiniti G35 Coupe – $ 15,995 – 50 k miles?
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Obviously, the car must be capable of using it! I’m looking to buy a used 07 Camary. It can be equipped w/ an optional electronic stability control system. I’m having trouble finding one w/ it that I like. I really like the feature. Is it possible to have a dealer install it?

Used car market in India is growing rapidly with the growth of new car market. In the present era most of the car owners especially young drivers drive a particular car for about three to five years and then exchange their used car for a new car. This has not only given a boom to the new car market but has also fostered the used car market in the country.

When it comes to buying a second hand car in India there are many options open for buyers both in terms of used cars and used car sellers. There are many used cars for sale in India and many dealers that offer the best used cars at a cost-effective price. If anyone wants to buy used car in India then there are certain things one should know to get a perfect pre-owned car.

Here are top 10 tips to buy used car in India:

In the first place you have to decide which car you exactly want and what the price you can pay for it.  The choice of car depends on your needs and requirements. If you are a family of two then a small car like Alto and Spark will be best for you but if you have a huge family of 7 or 8 people then a MUV like Toyota Innova is a good option for you. Analyze your needs before you fix on your used car. Then you have to do a market research on the used car that you decide to buy. You should be well aware of the car’s market value, its resale value, and its reliability as well as demand in the market. After that you need to check the source through which you can buy the second hand car with ease. There are higher chances of getting fleeced when buying a used car and therefore you should be cautious and choose a source that you can rely on. You can select the internet where you can find many Indian car portals that offer a good opportunity to buy used car in India with a hassle free process. Then you have a number of authorized dealer and personal referrals. Many big brands like Maruti, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai also have their used car outlets that offer you warranties, car finance, car insurance, and quality service on used cars. You can judge yourself what is the best option for you. Then you have to think as to whether you are capable to make the entire payment or whether you will take car loan for used car. There are many financing companies so you need to check the interest rate that they offer and choose the best one for yourself. Once you get some of the best sources to check for used cars you can contact them and have a test drive of few of the selected car models. There are many second hand cars in India and you cannot obviously test drive all. So choose few of the models that you desire to own. While testing and verifying the car check the entire history of the car and also evaluate the condition, mileage and performance. Never go for buying a modified car or a repainted car. Then check all the documents of the car that you decide to buy. Check the RTO tax receipt, original registration certificate, insurance papers, original invoice, and the service bills of the car. Don’t forget to tally the VIN number of the car with the one mentioned in the registration certification. This will help to verify whether the car and the seller are authentic. In Indian used car market there are chances of getting cheated so be cautious and don’t end up buying a stolen car. Most of the cars that are stolen in India usually have the odometer tampered. It is a very common malpractice in the used car market. Check the date of tyre manufacturer and the service records to ensure that the odometer is not tampered. If you don’t have much knowledge on cars then ask a mechanic to do so. Have a trusted mechanic look at the car and check the overall condition of the car. Once you are satisfied with the working and condition of the car finalize the deal with the seller.

10. Negotiate to your best to get the best deal and then complete all the paper work and legal formalities.

Kathryn Lively

In a struggling economy, it is understandable that a family trying to save money will wait until a better time to buy a car. Sometimes, however, getting a new car becomes a necessity even with a lean income. There may be a new addition to the household that requires a larger vehicle, or perhaps the trusted family car just doesn’t have the power to make it another year. Whatever the reason, be assured that there are options for car buyer in tough times. Considering a pre-owned vehicle is a good idea.

Where to Buy Used Cars

Car shoppers have more options available to them than ever before. Dealerships working mainly with new models may have pre-owned trades-in on the lot, and there are businesses that deal solely with used cars – chains like CarMax and privately-owned lots may be found in your town. Other options, like browsing the Internet and checking the newspaper for “For Sale by Owner” ads, are popular as well, but no matter where you plan to buy the car, it’s important to know everything about it. Test the car, and talk with the owner thoroughly before making a decision.

What to Ask a Used Car Dealer or Owner

Before you make that contracted commitment to buy a used car, consider the following questions first:

Do you have the car’s history available on paper? Each car comes with its own Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN. Using the VIN, you can generate a report that tells you everything about the car – accidents and mileage, number of owners, number of times it was serviced, etc. If a dealer or owner is reluctant to give you this information, or even the VIN number so you can find out yourself, that is likely a good sign you should shop elsewhere.

Does the car need to be serviced right now? Take a look at the car’s condition, and you may be able to tell if any work needs to be done. A side-view mirror may need fixing, tires rotated, oil changed, etc. Find out what the owner is willing to do to get the car in good shape before you agree to anything.

Did anyone smoke in the car? People smoke, and sometimes in their cars. Long after the cigarettes are stubbed out, the odor can remain in the fabric. If you are a non-smoker and are irritated by the smell, find out about the car. It may take more than a pine tree freshener to erase the smoke.

The more informed you are about the pre-owned car you wish to buy, the more satisfied you will feel about your final decision. Buying a car, new or used, is a big step, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.


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