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For most of us out there, when we go to the car lot, the used car section is as far as we get. This, however in not necessarily a bad thing. Many used cars, are simply lease trade in’s that can not be sold as new, or models which are only a few years out of date which still have a good bit of life left in them.
Finding the right used car is like finding a diamond in the rough. That sparkling gem that someone else left by the wayside becomes a treasure you can take home. Here are a few tips that can help you find your diamond in the rough.
- Don’t focus on the price – While price is one of the biggest factors in the purchase of a “new to you” vehicle, it should not be the only factor. Cars, like houses, are a quality investment and you really do get what you pay for. Focus instead on finding the best car that you can afford the monthly payments on instead of the total sticker price. With the right down payment, and a decent trade you’ll be surprised at how much car you can afford.
- Scratches and scrapes can be okay, rust is not – Lets face it, scratches happen, I’m sure that if you look at your own car hard enough, you’ll see more than a few. Don’t let some scratches in the paint discourage you from a great deal. Buff out paint can be found at many retail stores that can fill almost every scratch on almost any color. Rust, however, is your enemy. Especially if you live in an area that gets snow in the winter, because road salt will make those rust spots grow and grow.