Know the Car
Once you've established a budget, done your research, and found a promising used car, you're ready to get to know this particular vehicle. Even if a general model meets your qualifications, you need to guarantee that this specific used vehicle is reliable, safe, and within your price range. One of the best ways to get to know your potential vehicle is to look up a vehicle history report, which you can receive from sites like CARFAX or AutoCheck. These reports can ensure the vehicle's quality matches what the dealership advertises by showing you the car's history of: accidents, major repairs, other damage, such as from flood or fire, title status, ownership history, odometer readings, service history, sales information, registration and inspection, information, recalls. You'll need the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) to run this test, so if a seller won't provide you that number, then consider a different seller. Many reliable sellers will provide you these reports so you don't have to pay for one (which costs around $25). In addition to getting a vehicle report, you can also get a feel for your used car by taking it for a test drive.