Monique Tarver




Finding a used car has never been easier with the wonderful world or the world wide web. There are tons of used car sites out there that you can visit. But, they are not created equal. Some are hard to used, have high priced cars and do not offer the ability to narrow down your search to what you really want. The others are exactly the opposite. So, we’ll focus in on those.

If you have not heard of CraigsList by now you have either been living on another planet or hiding under a rock. It is one the the best used car sites on the net as well as being one of the best places to find a car for dirt cheap. However, proceed with caution because CraigsList is also widely know for having a high number of scammers lurking around. So if it seems to good to be true, it often is.

If you want to search for your next used car with less risk involved, AutoTrader is a good site for you to visit. Most of their listing are offered by car dealerships, so you get some type of warranty offered and reassurance that the car has at least been given an inspection by a mechanic. They also allow you to narrow down your search by mileage, options, make, model, price, etc.

If you really want to save a lot of money on your next car, there are also several car auction sites you can visit. They give you information on various car auction near you, such as their time and date, in addition to what type of cars they will have for sale. You can usually drive away in a great car for $1,000s less than what you would pay elsewhere.

So, when looking for a used car online, your best choices are AutoTrader, CraigsList or a car auction site. CraigsList is good for finding cheap cars that are for sale by their owners. AutoTrader is a good option when you prefer buying from a dealer. And a car auction site is great when you’re on a tight budget or just want to save a ton of money.

Saira A Varawalla




If you don’t want to spend too much money on a new car and prefer to go in for a second hand model in good shape, Craigslist is surely the place you should be looking first. Craigslist has an entire database full of ads put up by individuals who want to sell their cars and also ads by dealers who make a living out of selling used cars.

If you want to buy a car from Craigslist there are two things you can do. Either you could do a page by page ad by ad search for the model you want to buy under the For Sale section of Craigslist, or you can post an ad for what you want in the Wanted section. When it comes to used cars, again you have two options – you can either buy it directly from the owner, which in some cases is a good option because they sell cheap or you can buy it from a dealer. Buying from a dealer could be more expensive because dealers re-paint cars and mend he engines and have to raise the price to include their costs and their profit margins.

If you want to find a car quickly and don’t have the time to run a page by page search of the hundreds of car listing on the site you can either post an ad in the wanted section or even better get a search tool. Both these methods are better because when you post in the wanted section, people will come to you instead of you going to them. Searching with a tool is also helpful because you can look through as many cities as you like and pin point ads that match your search without going through the useless bulk.

Jackie Jones




A lot of people today dreams of owning their very own car. But, because of the high cost of new cars, a lot of people will usually purchase a used one instead from one of the many used car dealerships existing in the United States today. However, the problem with used cars is that you don’t exactly know what it has been through with its previous owner. You have to consider that there are some people who take good care of their cars, while there are other people who constantly abuse their car to the point that it will become easy for it to break down.

You have to consider the fact that there is no way for you to find out about the current situation of the car. So, if you are buying a used car, what you will want is some kind of a guarantee that will ensure you that the car will not break down the day after you purchased it from the used car lot. To get this kind of benefit, you might want to get a used car extended warranty. Ask the owner of the car dealership about this kind of benefit in order for you to make sure that you will be purchasing a car that is in good condition and one that will ensure you replacement or repair if you ever experience it breaking down.

Now, you are probably asking whether you should get a used car warranty or not. Most people will say that it is a waste of money, while there are others who will say that it is a good investment. There is basically no easy answer of knowing if the used car warranty is worth your time and money or not. In order for you to know if it is worth your money, you may want to ask for a free quote for the used car you plan on buying from a company that sells warranties. After giving you the quote, you will be able to know if the warranty makes financial sense or not.

The great thing about used car warranties is that it will be able to provide you with a fixed budget repair. So, in case it breaks down, you will never have to pay a lot of money for the repairs. In order to file a claim in case your car breaks down, all you need to do is call the company that provided you with warranty. The company will then send a tow truck to tow your car to the nearest repair shop. After that, you need to present the warranty. The repair shop will then call the company which provided you the warranty and tell them about the nature of the repair and the total estimated cost of the repair. The company will then authorize the repair and all you need to do is wait.

As you can see, having a used car warranty will definitely give you peace of mind. So, the next time you are planning to purchase a used car, you might want to try considering buying a used car warranty along with it. With this kind of benefit, you can be sure that you will be protected as a consumer and never experience getting ripped of from what seemingly looked like a great deal.

Adnan Masood




Craigslist.org is an online classified website that is mostly known for the buying, selling, and trading of things locally. One of those items includes used cars. If you are looking for a good deal on a quality, yet affordable used car, you should checkout the website. But what questions should you ask sellers before agreeing to make a purchase?

Question: Does the car need any upgrades or repairs?
This question is important because a seller is only thinking about getting their car to sell when listing it on Craigslist.org. They don’t want to send interested buyers running with an overload of information, so they tend to leave the bad stuff out. That is why you should ask.

Question: When was the car last repaired and what was fixed or upgraded?
Once again, most Craigslist sellers are focused solely on getting their cars to sell. Many mistakenly believe that highlighting recent repairs would leave you to think it is a poor quality car, but upgrades and repairs can work in their favor. You may be more willing to buy a used car from Craigslist that just had new brakes put on, just got new tires, or one that recently underwent an oil change. After all, this is less money you need to invest in the vehicle.

Question: What was the car used for?
This question and the answer can give you great insight into the overall condition of a vehicle. Of course, it is also important to ask for pictures and to see the car in person too. All car sellers will take steps to clean up their cars, but you can know what to expect. Just because a car was driven 2 hours to and from work everyday, it doesn’t mean that it is a bad car, but it may have more signs of wear and tear.

Question: Can I see the car?
The answer to this question should always be yes. Even if you only spend $500 on a used vehicle, it is still money. A vehicle is an important purchase. Be cautious of a seller who won’t let you see the car before agreeing to buy it. If you are unfamiliar with cars, take someone along with you who is to look under the hood. Take the car, van, truck, or jeep for a test drive.

Question: Are you willing to accept X amount of dollars less?
Buying a car from Craigslist is different than buying a used car at a local dealership, but some practices should still stay the same. You are likely to haggle for a lower price at a dealership, so do the same here. The worst that will happen is that the seller will say no. Even if you can get them to lower the price by $100, that is still $100 more in your pocket.

The above mentioned questions are just a few of the many that you will want to ask when buying a new car. To search for a car with ease, download a Craigslist search tool. In fact, some tools also enable you to search eBay.com too. EBay is another popular website where cars are bought and sold.

Lucy Penn




Look on used car websites and you begin to notice a trend. There is a shortage in the number of used cars on the market which has led to dramatic price hikes. In fact, the price of a used car has increased by a colossal 30% over the past year. This change in the market has occurred because of the government-funded Scrappage Scheme.

In an effort to kick-start the failing new car market the government decided to inject some much needed funds into this industry The Scrappage Scheme got underway in May and has been since hailed as a success.

The scheme not only increased new car sales, but also helped to get old, dirty cars off the road. So the scheme has also benefited the environment as old gas-guzzlers have been replaced by new fuel-efficient cars.

The Scheme has been so successful that it has even been extended until next year. Ford and Vauxhall have benefited the most during the scheme, in particular they saw great sales figures during the all important 59′ plate launch month.

However, although the scheme has helped local car dealers – and the larger manufacturers in particular, it certainly hasn’t benefited used car hunters.

The Scrappage Scheme made the prices of brand new cars seem so appealing that people rushed to scrap there old cars in return for a shiny new one. Therefore, those that would have otherwise sold on their older cars to fund the purchase of their one vehicle have decided to have them scrapped – meaning that the used car market has been severely depleted.

Inevitably, because of the lack of supply, the demand has increased and therefore prices have seen a significant rise.

In some cases, because of the great deals available on the Scrappage Scheme, some people have been able to buy a brand new car for less money than the same model a year old.

This has meant that people looking for a bargain first car are really struggling to find one. The likes of the used Vauxhall Corsa and the little Ford Ka have been scrapped in their thousands – both of these cars have always been a firm favourite among young first-time drivers as they are cheap to insure and run.

As the Scrappage Scheme has been extended the used car market won’t really change until next Spring at least. Once all funds have been exhausted then we will be able if the market returns to it usual state…but then perhaps new car sales will fall once again…

Yahia El-Maghraby




The used car buying strategy that works the best involves connections. Everything around you is run by connections. When you apply for a job, get a loan, do some governmental paper work of any kind, even in the emergency room… connections make things run. But don’t worry, you don’t need to have a close relative or a friend working as dealer to use this used car buying strategy. You can just approach some dealers with your “proposal” and compare their fees to pick the best deal on the car of your dreams. But first things first. Here is the strategy in a step by step format:

1. Locate the nearest government auto auction to your city. This is where the dealers get their cars from.

2. Decide what is the car of your dream, do your research about it, find the lowest price of the car (usually it is the trade in value in Kelly blue book) and make this your maximum bid on the car.

3. Find a bunch of used car dealers in your area and approach them with this proposal: How much do you charge me to come with me to the auto auction to buy this certain car for me? Some might refuse to go with you and some will give you an estimate of the fees.

4. Compare the offers you get from the car dealers and negotiate based on the lowest offer you got. Once you have chosen the dealer make your calculations. Add up your maximum bid, the dealers fee, the auction fee (around $40-60), and this will be the price of your car. If you think you have a deal go ahead.

5. In the auction, make your choices, examine their bodies, test drive them (with the dealer), then let the dealer know of your final choice and the maximum bid you have for this car. It will be better if you have more than one choice so that if you lose one you still have the chance to get the others. You’ll be charged for the trip anyway, so don’t get back empty handed.

6. The rest is the dealers job. He will bid on the car and once he wins it he will do the proper paper work for you to drive your car home.

And that’s it. You are done. You’ve got the car of your dreams for an extremely low price because you spent a couple of days planning and buying it instead of just going to the dealership and buy the same car from their lot.

Scott Conklin




Before purchasing your next car, you’re going to want to check for hidden costs, add-on fees, and other charges. You could end up spending hundreds, even thousands, of dollars over the lifetime of your loan.

Once you’ve found the car you want, it’s time to sit down with your sales rep to negotiate the terms of your contract. After a little back and forth on price, figuring out your interest rate, and calculating your monthly payment, you’re ready to sign on the dotted line, right?

Not so fast.

When you read the fine print you may find that additional fees and charges have found their way into your contract – including add-ons you didn’t necessarily ask for.

Most car buyers are so focused on getting the best interest rate and negotiating the most affordable monthly payment that they’re unconcerned with the fine print of the contract. By the time they get to the step where they review and sign the paperwork, if the sales rep is throwing industry terms at them that they don’t fully understand, they’re becoming exhausted from the entire process and just want to get it over with.

Here are a few insider tips to make sure you don’t regret signing those papers.

1.) Read the Fine Print

While this seems pretty obvious and self-explanatory, it’s amazing how trusting the consumer can be. Honestly, the last time you bought a car, did you read and fully understand the contract before you signed it? Probably not. Most people don’t.

Some unscrupulous car dealerships are betting on that. Because most people don’t read the fine print, some sales reps can slide in additional, undisclosed charges or extras with huge mark-ups to their profit.

Also, make sure there are no blank spaces on your finance contract that can be filled in later – wherever there are blank spaces, write in “$0″ or “N/A.”

2.) Typical Extras

Most of us are familiar with learning about the standard features of an automobile and then figuring out which additional features we are willing to pay extra for, but here are some extras to look out for when reviewing your contract:

Rust proofing Extended warranty Fabric protector Car alarm (including Lojack, a device police use to find your car if you report it stolen) Paint sealant Credit life insurance GAP Window etching

The value of such extras depends on individual customer needs and situations. If the sales rep attempts to tell you that some or all of these extras are standard for every vehicle on the lot, ask to order your car from the factory, or suggest the dealership trade with another dealer that hasn’t pre-packaged their vehicles.

Extra products can add thousands to the negotiated price of the vehicle. Most products fill a customer need that when priced and disclosed correctly and can add real value to the whole transaction.

The problems with extras occur in two areas. First, when the sales rep doesn’t spend the time necessary to determine which products fit the specific needs of the customer. Rather than suggest specific extras individually priced, the sales rep lumps all the products together and pushes you to buy them as a package.

Second, unscrupulous sales reps can add thousands of dollars to the amount financed for these products, but not disclose the price increase until the last possible moment, when the financing contracts are being signed.

3.) Documentation and Administration Fees



Federal, state, and local governments are pushing more and more of their regulatory cost onto the local dealerships. In an effort to offset some of these fees and services dealers are required to perform, most add, a documentation or administration fee to the total cost of the transaction. Depending on state and local regulations, fee adding $100 to $150 seem reasonable and cover most of these additional items. These services include:

Duplicate Title Fees Notice of Security Interest (to perfect lien) 30-day Permits Federal terrorist matching data bases Federal information privacy requirements State vehicle id verification Highway Patrol Inspections for out-of-state titles Registering leases at customer’s county of residence Carfax FedEx charges/Shipping charges Additional title addendums Truth in lending record retention Some dealers have taken up the practice of marking up documentation and administrative fees and are now charging as high as $300 to $500 per sale. A few are even higher. The charge for most of these fees seems to be more based on getting a customer to pay extra after the customer has finished negotiating, not the average amount it cost to get most deals through various state and federal regulations, as implied.

4.) Ask for a Menu System Disclosure

The best disclosure method I’ve seen in years involved using a menu system. On a separate sheet of paper the rep produces a document that includes:

The negotiated price of the vehicle or trade difference

The additional price of suggested extras (these can be shown as various option packages that may save money when bought in combination and as individually priced options)

New totals initialed by both parties

This procedure makes sure that any suggested extras are properly explained and disclosed. It also allows the customer time to consider each item separate from the longer and potentially confusing finance documents. The final numbers from the menu should get carried over directly to the finance document.

5.) Other Costs

When buying a car, remember that there are other “hidden” costs (or, costs that aren’t usually considered), that go beyond the dealership.

During the lifetime of your vehicle, you’re going to have to pay for registration and tags, taxes, insurance, oil changes and fuel every year, and periodically pay for maintenance and repairs. Older models (cars more than 3-5 years old) may cost less up front, but you will likely need to factor more maintenance and repair costs into your budget than if you bought a newer model. While new models need fewer repairs and maintenance work, you will have to pay more up front.

Your wallet does not have to go through the ringer the next time you decide to visit a new or used car dealer. You can protect yourself from blindly signing into an unfavorable car deal by doing your homework, going to a car dealership with a good reputation, being prepared, asking questions, and double checking behind your sales rep.

Larmour Tan




Is the depreciation and maintenance of your car too high? Or do you simply want to change your car? If you find yourself nodding your head to any of the questions, you probably need to sell off your car. The burning question is, how do you plan sell it?

Below are two of the conventional routine car sellers take.
1) Sell to used car dealers
2) Sell to direct end-consumers

1) Sell to used car dealers

This is the most common way to sell off a used vehicle – selling your car to a dealer. After all, a dealer will buy nearly any car you place in front of him. Even if your car is scratched, dented, or smashed, car dealers have their ways to recondition it and sell it off.

When selling to dealers, it is advisable to check with a few dealers on the selling price. There are many tactics that dealers use to lure their sellers. One common way is to quote a price way above the market price. After the seller has rejected all other reasonable offers from other dealers, the dealer reduces his original offer and the seller will be stuck with a lousy offer.

Pros
Selling to a dealer is absolutely hassle-free. (If your price is sufficiently low, they may provide door-step service and serve you as if you are some kind of royalty.) Dealers handle all the documentation of the sale and provide you with cash payment.

Selling to a dealer is safe and simple. With a few phone calls, your car is sold.

Cons
The single biggest disadvantage of selling to the dealer is the relatively low price offered. Dealers act like middlemen and are making a profit on your vehicle. Typically, each used car will have to generate at least $2,000 profit, else it would be uneconomical for the dealer to buy it from the seller. The profit will account for the dealers’ overheads such as rental, salesman salary, and their other bills. In addition, they face the risk of uncertain market conditions which may translate into deficits if they are unable to sell the car off.

One must always be careful when signing any document with a used car dealer. They are very experienced in the complex field of motor trade, and you can easily be short-changed. You should always insist on all verbal agreements to be written down.

2) Sell to direct end-consumers

With more automated filing systems implemented by the government, owner-to-owner sale is a growing alternative for many owners to sell their vehicles nowadays. The legal documentation process has been streamlined, and the presence of many online platforms, connect buyers with sellers directly without the need for middlemen.

For such cases, the seller will need to advertise his car for sale, arrange for viewing and test-drives, then proceed with the documentation to transfer the vehicle ownership.

Pros
By eliminating the dealer, car owners can fetch a higher selling price as compared to if they sell it to a dealer. This is the sole advantage, but also a very significant one. After all, the aim of selling your car is to get the highest price possible.

Cons
When conducting a owner-to-owner sale, all the administrative work will have to be settled by the seller and buyer. The seller has to cancel his insurance and pay his loan in full. If the buyer requires a loan, the seller may also need to help him to secure a loan to seal the deal.

Time and money could be wasted if no one respond to your car ads. Several viewing and test-drives does not necessarily lead to a successful sale. Selling a car is not an easy feat.

Mishaps may take place during an owner-to-owner deal. There is a chance that the seller may not have the necessary documents for the transfer. Perhaps, he may not be well-versed with the exact procedure to make the transfer of ownership – making payment; transferring the ownership; collecting the car. It is crucial that the seller knows his stuff to ensure a smooth flow for the transfer of ownership. It is not uncommon for ill-informed sellers encounter difficulties during this process.

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.

Darren Ginsburg




In the current era of austerity and with people becoming more budget conscious many car owners will choose to buy used car parts rather than new ones. People can save thousands of pounds over a period of time by doing this. These savings are obviously very desirable for the consumer.

These days used car parts are not simply seen as pieces of metal set for the scrap yard. The worth of used car parts has soared over the last few years due to its scarcity and the large increase in demand from various parties. As mentioned, people will use used car parts for cheaper repairs for the vehicles. Also, some people will buy these parts and hold on to them predicting the value of these parts will increase further. They see some antique value in these parts.

Dealers Setting Up Computerized Systems

Due to the high demand of these scrap metal parts it is important for the dealer or mechanic to use a computerized system. By using used car parts software the seller can create a far more efficient and effective system for both seller and buyer. The benefits from utilizing the software correctly in terms of profit can be great for the seller. A web page can be set up to display inventory to customers.

The most important aspect of used car parts software is the ability to record parts inventory and also the sales history of all vehicles should be logged on the system. The information system should have a database where the bits can be located and also section where different makes and models of cars can be found. When a particular car is selected by a user the system will display which car parts have already been sold relating to the car. This makes the process of purchasing parts much easier for the customer.

Convenient Search Facilities

The used car parts software operator should be able to search for parts by serial number, part type and car application. The parts inventory section of the system can include new items such as radiators and windscreens as well as reconditioned items. Furthermore, good quality used car parts software should have the capability to track sales of parts that were not logged onto the system. Also, the system should record storage and towing charges.

The sales aspect of the system should build up logged data extremely quickly with regards to used cars and repair options. An effective system should calculate sales revenues and sales tax on a continuous basis. The system should also record as many customer details as possible in order to create and maintain an ongoing relationship with the customer. The details can be used for customer relationship marketing and to keep in contact with the customer. The consumer can be informed about any special offers or promotions taking place. The software should have the capability to print invoices, receipts and to produce cars and car parts catalogues. This will create a positive and professional image for the sellers business.

There are some fundamental features that used car parts software should include for it to be worthwhile and value for money. These features are inventory recording, electronic logging capability and point of sales (POS). Further vital elements of the software are part number cross referencing, electronic model and part finder menus and a cataloguing application menu.

Any system that is worth investing in should include POS invoice printing, re-order report, automatic inventory adjustment, buyer file info, sales history files and inventory editing spreadsheets. The system operator at the counter should be able to locate parts via the system using catalogue application, description, make, model, cross reference number and even by part number.

A high quality software package meant for professional use should include a car locator function. By using this system used car parts brokers can locate a vehicle on the system and see the expenses connected to each vehicle. Brokers can estimate using the software how much has already been invested in a particular vehicle.

There are numerous benefits in investing in a quality used car parts software system. The software can make the whole selling and buying process so much easier. The system can provide piece of mind for seller by having an effectively logged inventory. Also, it will be easier for the customer to find what they want.

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