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When you go to the dealership to buy a new car they roll out the red carpet! Billboards with your face on them are draped from the roof of the building while models serve you a plethora of fresh and delicious foods. Of course, this is all before you get a foot massage while having your teeth whitened.

 

Okay, maybe it isn’t quite as glamorous as that, but you get the idea. Buying a used car is a great experience. Buying a used car, on the other hand. Isn’t.

 

If you find yourself in the market for a used car, below are some tips which can help you find that diamond in the rough.

 

Are You Sure You Need It?

The first question that you will want to ask is to yourself, and it’s about whether you really need the car. While there was once a time when owning a car was considered essential, shopping sites like the Groupon Coupons page for Sephora and online grocery stores have changed the way logistics work, delivering almost anything you need to your door.

 

While this article isn’t here to say that you shouldn’t buy a car, it is just saying that you should give it a second thought. With so many car share options available you could be setting yourself up for financial disaster.

 

Tell Me About the Previous Owner

If you are certain that you need a car, then the first question that you will want to ask is about the previous owners. The more that the dealer can tell you about them, the better. The reason to ask this question is to get an idea as to what the vehicle was used for.

 

For example, if the previous owner was an elderly couple then it’s a safe bet that the car wasn’t used for anything too heavy. On the other hand, if the previous owner was a new driver learning how to drive a stick-shift then it’s likely to be a different story.

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