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Buying a used car is a wise economic decision. Many individuals and families choose to buy a reasonably priced used car in order to avoid expensive monthly payments for a new vehicle. In order to get the most out of your used car buying experience, you should be sure that you know what to look for in a car. Visit a variety of NJ Ford dealers and private sellers prior to making a final purchasing decision.

It is helpful to narrow down the field of used cars to a particular model or style that you like. If you need to haul three kids to and from school and activities, you may want to focus on an SUV or minivan. If you need a good car for commuting to work, consider a fuel-efficient sedan. Once you’ve narrowed down the search field, you can start scrutinizing the used cars that you encounter on lots and at dealerships.

Ask for A Professional Opinion

Many buyers don’t know much about the mechanical aspects of vehicles. While some dealers will be straightforward with buyers, there are others who will take advantage of a buyer’s lack of knowledge in order to sell a bad vehicle. If you’re not familiar with the vehicle you wish to purchase, hire a mechanic to perform an inspection. Your mechanic should alert you to any significant mechanical issues. He or she may also be able to provide you with basic information about the overall performance of a car.

After the mechanic has inspected the car, get in the car yourself and look around. Check all windows, doors and locks. Make sure that all components are in good working order. You should also flip down and open sun visors and check the glove box. Try to buy a car without broken accessory items.

Assess The Vehicle’s History

Ask your NJ Ford Dealers if they provide vehicle history reports. If they don’t, write down the car’s VIN (vehicle identification number) and run it through an online car history checking system. If you are buying from a private owner, it is particularly essential that you perform a VIN check. A VIN report will let you know if the car has been in any significant accidents that the owner avoided telling you about. Do not buy a car that has been in a major accident or has suffered from serious water or smoke damage.


Michele Filipkowski is part of a team of writers that specialize in auto blogs and has contributed to hundreds of blogs. Contact her @micheleashley89