Veronica Scott

Buying a used vehicle is not always a simple task; in fact, it generally requires the consumer to make a number of big decisions, all of them important for ensuring that you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Some of these questions are obvious—like the question of what kind of car to buy, or what budget limitations need to be in place. Others, however, might seem less intuitive; when for instance, is the ideal time to buy a car? And should you buy from a dealership, or from a private party?

This last question may not seem like much of a choice for many consumers. To some, buying from a dealership is the only way to assure accountability and reputability; for others, buying from a private party is the only way to get a good bargain. But both options have pros and cons, and it is important for the consumer to weigh the options carefully.

There is the obvious point of price, and here there really is not much of a question. Dealers are almost always going to charge at least a couple thousand dollars more than a private party. That said, a dealership is going to afford certain perks that an individual seller simply cannot offer. For instance, at a dealership, you potentially have unlimited time to shop, to inspect, and to test-drive your chosen vehicle, without having to be concerned with another individual’s schedule. And you also have the luxury of having many different vehicles available on the same lot, ensuring a certain degree of choice. That’s not something an individual is typically able to offer.

But there is also a level of accountability that you get from a dealership. That may surprise you, given the common cliché of the slick, fast-talking used car salesman, but consider the simple fact that a dealership can very easily be sued for failing to disclose any damages to the consumer. It is extremely uncommon that a used car dealer would deliberately sell you a lemon—and if they do, there are laws in place to protect you.

By contrast, deals made with private parties typically cannot be undone; these sales are often said to be final, “as is” transactions, so if you get stuck with a lemon under these conditions, there is not necessarily anything that can be done about it.

None of this is to say, of course, that private parties cannot ever be trusted, or that buying from a dealer is always the best route to take. From a financial standpoint alone, buying from an individual may be the only option some consumers can afford. It is vital, though, to be mindful of these different pros and cons, and to consider what you’re getting—and what you’re sacrificing—by choosing a private party transaction over a dealership sale, or vice versa. Saving a few thousand dollars is obviously ideal, but being spared the huge loss of buying a lemon may, in the long run, be worth even more.

Daniel Legal

Buying a used car in Illinois can be a nightmare if you lack experience in such an exercise. However, with careful planning and research, you will notice just how easy it can get. Rules and considerations for acquiring used cars Illinois are basically similar to those that apply in Illinois or any other state in the US. As a buyer, you have some homework to do before approaching a dealership for a used car. The very first consideration is the price of the vehicle.

Before purchasing a used car, carry out proper research to ascertain its retail price. Knowing the retail price of such a car offers a good reference point when it comes to bargaining for the equilibrium price with the dealership. Vehicle prices depend on a number of factors. Some of these include car type, model, mileage, years of service and even its condition at the time of sale. A car that for instance has been in service for five years will cost less than one that is being sold after two years of usage. Similarly a car that has an accident history will cost far less than one that is still in good condition and lacks accident history.

To get information regarding the used car that you intend to buy you can visit the internet and go to the company website. Catalogues, motor magazines and libraries are also vital research areas for information on the used car you want to purchase. A trusted mechanic or car expert may also help you to make the right decision when it comes to purchasing used cars. The next factor that a buyer should think about is how to buy the car.

In Illinois, there are many dealerships that offer auto loans. Buyers need to understand the implications of a dealership arranging for car financing on their behalf. In such an arrangement, the price that a dealership quotes is usually higher than the price at the bank that is lending the money. This is because it includes a small margin that the bank pays to the dealership. The difference between the actual price quoted by the lending bank and the amount the buyer is given by the dealership is what is called the yield spread premium. All dealerships don’t disclose this amount to buyers except some that may reveal it if you insist as the buyer.

A used car has a number of benefits as compared to a brand new car. The main advantage is of course cost. At the resale yards, you can get a modest car at a very fair price. Payment installments on a used vehicle are lower compared to a new car meaning the buyer does not strain financially. Insurance and clearance costs on second hand vehicles are also much less.

Before making any payment on a used car, ensure that is checked and certified by an independent and honest mechanic. A faulty car at the point of purchase could prove costly when it comes to repairs afterwards. Although all resale vehicles in Illinois undergo a safety inspection, most dealerships don’t carry out a mechanic inspection. Those who do, usually withhold the information from the buyer. An honest mechanic can save you money by noticing weak spots that may result to problems in future.


I just bought a used car, the title was just signed over to me, what to I do next?


My friend needs a stopgap for a year or so to wait for her credit to get better to purchase a new car. Her old car is breaking down more often, she wants to buy a used car, doesn’t want to lease. Wants to spend less than 5k. As far as possible repair costs are concerned, what is the cheapest, safest make/model to look for?

She needs enough room in the trunk to fit a wheelchair to transport her grandma, etc. She wants good gas mileage (30+). What is a reliable used car to buy that will work as well on it’s 100k’s as it did in it’s 10k’s?

Michael L

I am thinking about buying a car. I won’t know if I’m buying this used car until I go look at it. How do I drive it home, if I won’t have car insurance at the moment that I buy it?
Is just seems sort of crazy to buy car insurance before I actually own a car.

Veronica Scott

One of the main concerns that people have when purchasing a used car is whether or not it is mechanically dependable. While of course most consumers want their cars to look great, the real purpose of having a vehicle in the first place is to have access to a reliable source of transportation. Used cars may be older than their newer counterparts, but they have the potential to run just as well. When purchasing a used car, or when simply taking care of a car that you have owned for years, there are a few key steps to be taken if you wish to keep your automobile running like new.

• Perform preventative maintenance. Getting your car tuned up and checked out on a regular basis can detect issues before they become major problems. Weaknesses in the engine and other parts of the car, if caught early, may be easier and less expensive to correct than if they are fixed after they have caused some serious damage. A routine maintenance plan can work wonders for the lifespan of your car.

• Change the oil regularly. Oil changes allow your car to run at its optimum level. As a lubricant, oil allows the parts of the engine to move smoothly and to run without interference. If you do not change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on the needs of your vehicle, it could become dirty or even run out, leaving your engine prone to damage from both the oil itself and the consequences of friction in the motor. This will result in the wear and tear of your engine and, if you go too long without having the oil properly changed, you may have to replace the entire motor.

• Keep the tires properly inflated. Flat tires are obvious and are almost always fixed right away, but do you ever put any thought into the air level of your tires if they are not flat? Having too much or too little air can strain the vehicle and cause it to run at an inefficient rate, meaning that your car will go through fuel more quickly. Keeping the air at a proper pressure level will keep your used car running at its best and can even make the driving experience more enjoyable, as the car will be easier to control and will offer the driver a lower level of resistance.

• Do not push the performance of your vehicle. If you have a truck then transporting heavy materials is fine, but do not try to overload your sedan and expect it to run perfectly. Different kinds of cars are designed for different types of driving, so be sure that you utilize your automobile in the proper manner. Used cars have the potential to continue to run like new for years on end, but it is up to the owners to maintain its ability to provide reliable transportation. By addressing the needs of your car, and by following the tips listed above, you can keep your used car running for a surprisingly long time.

Jake W

I am going to buy my first car in Missouri, and am trying to estimate the total costs. I need to know what all taxes, license, title fees, and all those sorts of things that go into buying a used car. I am trying to keep my total below $4,500 USD.

Robin Shortt

An accessory we could all use for our classic cars is a used car cover. Its invaluable in that it protects the outside of the car from all types of weather. A protective second skin that covers the entire car.

Since your first big investment may be in purchasing a car or even old classic car. You would probably want to protect your car as best you can. Weather is going to be your biggest enemy. Besides weather, droppings from birds can leave some nasty messes.

What kind of used car covers are available? You can get used ones that zip up like a sleeping bag or ones that form caging is protected inside. You can also get portable type covers that have a steel frame to give it strength.

People who generally would use a car cover would be car owners who don’t have a garage, live in apartments and have outside parking. Some people have to park on the road next the curb. These are ideal situations for using car covers.

If you have a very valuable classic car it would be a good practice to even use a car cover in your garage. You may think a garage is already good protective area to keep your car, but there is still many other dangers there as well.

Considering the cost of car covers, you may look into finding yourself a used one. Try finding an automobile market or look for dealers. You also will need to know the make and model of your car. Car covers are made to fit each car size. Another good place to find used car covers is the internet. Try flea markets as well.

Different factors determine the cost of a car cover, size, material it’s made of. Heavy durable material is far better than light material. It may cost more but well worth the cost. No matter what the cost will be, it’s still cheaper than a new paint job. The cheapest car cover will be in the range of less than $50.00 to well over $250.00 custom made.


Participating in Japanese used car auction has become a breeze these days with the advent of the online auction options. It is a known fact that in Japan, auto auctions are the most popular methods to sell used Japanese cars.

However, there are a few rules and regulations regarding Japanese used car auction. According to these legislations, not everybody can join car auction in Japan. Only people who have auction membership can participate in these. Anybody who wishes to buy or sell used cars in Japan has to go through these dealers that are certified members. This method is very effective.

For Japanese people who wish to buy or sell their used cars through auctions they have to contact these dealers and get the desired results. There are additional perks of getting the expert services of these dealers for Japanese used car auction, as most of them are used vehicle exporters too. So, indeed you can get access to wider customer base by using the services of these car dealers *** auction participators.

So, what about people who are not settled in Japan and yet wish to avail the services of these dealers for their used cars? The answer is simple; nowadays there are online options that facilitate the quick and easy access to these dealers via the online media. In fact, many of these dealers have their online presence in the form of websites, wherein you can get information about therequired deal that is involved in participating in Japanese used car auction, indirectly. All you have to do is log online and apply to any one via the internet. However, it is advisable to always research before availing the services of any of these online facilitators.

As mentioned before, Japan is the hub of auction for used cars. In fact, the country abounds with over 200 locations that are spread across the country for Japanese used car auction venues. There are over 30 well known auto auction groups in Japan. The online store has another great facility. You can log onto any of the dealer sites participating in Japanese used car auction and check out if they have the car you desire to buy. And if you do not find the same, you can inform the concerned dealer and let them know about the requested car and car number.


Looking at used cars today. Never bought one before. What is the best way to pay? Do I give them a cashier’s check in exchange for the car and the pink slip?

I also wanted to take the car to a mechanic to get the engine, transmission, etc checked on. Is it ok to take it to whatever mechanic is near the person’s house?

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