Sunday, October 3, 2010

Used Car Tip

This shouldn't have to be listed as a tip on here, it should be common knowledge. When you are buying a used vehicle from a dealership, make sure you confirm a few things before you throw down the cash:

  • 100% ALWAYS EVERYTIME view the CarProof/CarFax report. Many times I've had a car sold and not even known it had a hit until the customer wanted a CarProof. Dealers are required (in Ontario) to disclose damage over $3000.00. 
  • Was it a daily rental? Lease return? Trade in?
  • How long has it been on the lot?(You can use this to your advantage if it's been there forever)
  • Has the safety been done? If yes, what did it need?
  • Check the price vs others on Autotrader.com/.ca
  • Clarify before you buy what will be replaced.
  • Check the tires and the windshield, lots of times mechanics will miss small cracks in the windshield which you can use to get a brand new one at no extra cost.
  • Ask if you can take it for a few hours, or overnight.   
After you are cool with all of these and determine the price you want, right before signing, ask for a full tank of gas. Most dealers will only give you 1/4 or 1/2 tank with used cars. There is 100% no way they will deny you this request and you just saved yourself potentially another $30-$50!

Cheers.

26 comments:

  1. good tips, will keep them in mind next time Im in the market

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  2. common sense? ha. it would have went over my head if you hadn't told me.

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  3. Thanks for the info. It is very helpful.

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  4. The tank of gas suggestion is a good method of exercising some dominance over the salesman, even though he feels he's won already - take them for every dollar they're worth! Use the warranty they offer!

    Great suggestions as always. I keep coming back for your next installment. :)

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  5. thanks for the tip, young buyer myself.

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  6. I flip car all the time....buy super cheap...elbow grease and some paint...bam....money

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  7. Oooo, I like the full tank of gas thing. Will definitely have to keep this in mind!

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  8. you're a great guy for doing this... keep it up.

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  9. Thank you for the tips! People should post your blog around dealerships!

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  10. wow I feel like and idiot, wish I had known some of these things a month ago...

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  11. thanks, I copy'pasted those tips once again.

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  12. Wish I read this before I forked out for the new motor :(

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  13. About to get my first drivers license, so this was educational thanks.

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  14. Thanks for the handy tips; this is gonna be very useful in the near future! :]

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  15. Nice, tips, now youjust need to post a blog about HOW to haggle down the price, and we will be set.

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  16. Hell yes, ALWAYS get a carfax. I had one place tell me "we know it had over $2000 damage, but we don't exactly know the total or why, we cannot get that information"

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  17. thx for the tips.. specially the gas trick :P

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  18. Might be looking for a new car within the next year, I'll have to keep these in mind.

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  19. You've got some good creativity in this blog!

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  20. now i can save me some cash on a car. THANK YOU!

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  21. Wow that's awesome info! Thanks!

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