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There are a number of reasons to buy a used car for sale this time of the year. After the holidays, many people are wary of making big purchases, so the last thing they want to do is buy a car that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Because of this, those in the market for a used car can often save. However, if you’re going to buy a used car, you should know that the process in each state is different.  Let’s take a look at what those who buy used cars for sale in NJ should be aware of.

There is a reason why New Jersey has the highest auto insurance rates in the country: there are a ton of vehicles out on the road. New Jersey has the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, the White Horse Pike and many more major highways, so having a dependable car to get around is paramount.  But remember those key words, dependable car. So what should you do before you pick a car and put the keys into the ignition?

  • Research, Research, Research: There are a number of reasons why you should go on a lot prepared. You’ll be less likely to make an impulsive decision and regret it shortly thereafter. Additionally, you’ll have a better idea of what you should be charged on the car you want, so you’ll have more grounds to negotiate. Websites like Kelly Blue Book and Consumer Reports should give you an idea of the list price of a used car. Competitors’ websites are another invaluable resource.
  • Get to Know Your Car’s History: Once you become interested in a particular car, make sure to get the vehicle’s vehicle information number (VIN). The VIN will give a history of the car, so you know what you’re buying.
  • Learn Your Rights: There are lemon laws in place to prevent the purchase of faulty vehicles that dealers know about. When it comes to purchasing used cars for sale in NJ, you must get a warranty if the automobile you buy is more than $3,000, is less than seven years old, does not have more than 100,000 miles on its odometer and has not been named a total loss by an insurance company.

Once you’ve done your research, negotiated price and are happy with the car’s performance, it’s time to get your car registered, inspected and insured. The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles has a list of resources, which should give you an idea of what you need and the procedure to get these things completed.

Samantha Wideman is part of a team of writers and specializes in writing about fashion and beauty trends.