Buying a used vehicle

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      I walked out of the last dealership I went to. The sales guy went for the “manager” and I still left. Having done my research ahead of time, I knew the most I was willing to pay for the car, so I left when they refused to even consider my offer.

      I had much better luck with the private seller and car inspection. I have had my vehicle for a couple of years now and it is doing great!

      Herlean

      E Jackson wrote: use my technique if you can i had different people stationed at home at a pc waiting for my call i went shop[ping weeks before i had the money to make the cash purchase when i was ready to make purchase i had already researched all the card i was willing to purchase when i got to the dealership i had my son run a check on the car based on the vin number i asked the dealer for the car fax report i test drove the car i checked the web for recalls ( after placing #100 deposit) – seeing to hold onto the car until I was satisfied it was not a lemon I asked a million questions ……………………here is what happened to me last month traded nissan pathfiner 1997 for $800 got 2003 Ford Explorer 29,000 miles cost me 12 K It is in great condition I think it loves me too ! yeah right — waiting for the horrible sounds but truck is doing well after almost 3K miles key — have people to call during the sale to give you advice and be willing to listen to them When they say “get up and walk out of dealership” — do exactly that –trick to get them to lower price hope this was helpful I have learned to play the game and have done well with working the dealer – turning the tables on them for a change Good luck ! Elaine in Massachusetts

      Herlean wrote: Personally, I prefer to buy used cars from private people who are beyond anal about their cars. They tend to maintain them very well. Always have it checked out by a mechanic you trust. Pay
      for the full diagnostic (or have the seller pay for part or all of it).

      It is worth finding out what you are facing.

      Don’t tell them how much you are willing to pay.

      Do research online. Try bluebook.com, consumer reports (gives history/recommendations) – the car issue is out right now. Call your local bank for a price too, even though you are paying cash.

      They know prices too.

      Herlean

      Pat wrote: I am looking for a used vehicle to replace one that was involved in a
      wreck. The one involved in the wreck is a 1982 chevrolet full size
      truck. I can still drive it; it has been wrecked on one side all the
      way down.

      The insurance company made it a salvage vehicle. I will be
      getting around $10,250.00 from the insurance company. I have no
      experience buying a used vehicle.

      The
      ones we have have been passed
      down from family members. I will have only the money from the insurance
      company ($10,250.0) to buy a vehicle and plan to pay cash for it. I
      have no extra money to make payments.

      Is it better to buy from an
      individual that owns the vehicle he is selling or to buy from a car
      dealer? Will the car dealers give you a discount for paying cash and
      how much would the taxes, etc. I would have to pay extra for from a
      dealership?

      I live in N.C. Any advice anyone can give me will be
      greatly appreciated.

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