The Ultimate Used Car Buying Guide for Students
I’ve been studying AS in the US for over a year, so I’m sharing with you my real experience of buying a used car in the USA. There are other alternatives – renting a car, using public transit or leasing a car where necessary.
There are many factors to consider in the selection of cars such as performance/fuel economy, age of the vehicle, budget, number of doors, make, number of engine cylinders and finally even color can be a favorite element.
Here are some important practical strategies for buying used cars in the United States, which may come in advantage for you.
Table of Contents
1. Budget & Capability:
The most important thing to consider when buying a car is your budget and capacity. It is important to first check if the car you are going to like is within your purchasing capability. Also, you should have a good idea of the costs involved in buying your car, such as taxes, fuel and insurance & car utilities so that you do not have to fall into mischievous conditions at the end of each month.
You can get ideas from various models of cars and price details in various US news and world reports.
You have to a good idea that after five years of use a car will lose about 60 % of its total value.
When your budget is determined you will visit Carsguide.com and you will find different models of your favorite cars within your budget, car details of the American brand, Japanese car varieties company brands are available here.
There are thousands of vehicles for sale, and a handy price guide to help you know what to pay. Even though cars seem cheap, you have to check their authenticity.
3.Car Make & Brand:
For your convenience, here’s some of car making list that I’ve seen in America:
American cars, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Chrysler, Dodge [Chrysler], Buick [GM], Cadillac [GM], Mercury [Ford], Saturn [GM].
From the above list or another but you will get a good look at the make, model, price, body type, age, color and appearance of the car you like. You should note that the vehicle age is never more than 10 years old.
4. Car Mileage:
The world mileage is the fuel economy, the number of miles/km per gallon/liter, but here in the United States it relates, for whatever reason, to the number of miles driven by the vehicle – or to the odometer statement.
If you are concerned about the reliability of your purchased car, you must buy a low-mileage car. Buying a car with less mileage will be a wise thing for you, it will not hamper your repairing costs, replacement parts, and afterward, get good value for sale and lease of sale.
A mileage range of 90k to 130k miles is realistic for American cars thinking you’d sell it off after 3 years of use.
The engine and performance must be very carefully checked when purchasing a used car. Of course you cannot expect new car speed and performance, but it is good to see what speed is possible. It can save money on your fuel, insurance, and maintenance.
6.Very carefully check the car
If you do not have a good knowledge of the car, make a car observation a few days. Also, if you think you are missing something, check the car well by a specialist so that it does not suffer any damage later.
Here are some of the keys to getting a good look and feel of your car:
When you go to buy a car, you must go to daylight because in the daytime the car has a lot of rust hidden, no marks on the body, no rust under the body, whether sprayed over, often sprayed again when the car can accidentally, bonnet and carpet check.
Be sure to check if there are any gaps inside the body panels. If there are any uncles, you will understand that the car crashed and was poorly repaired. Under the bonnet, look for signs of an oil leak. Use a dipstick to check the amount of oil. If the level is low, the owner does not properly monitor the car.
Turn on the oil filler cap for a substance such as white mayonnaise – this can be an indication of a leaky head gasket that can be very expensive to fix.
To ensure that there is excess movement and they are evenly worn – check all spare tires.
7. Fuel efficiency
This is another important factor for choosing a vehicle
If you are a city person, it is advisable to opt for a cheaper gas by avoiding the extra cost of diesel and saving money on the purchase price.
If you are a city guy, why not pay the extra cost of diesel, you will save a lot of money if you buy gasoline at a comparatively low price.
The six-cylinder engine has 3.8 liters of capacity that normally deliver 20/26 miles on the city/highway, whereas the four-cylinder engine is relatively low 2.4 liters, which usually provides 26/30 miles on the city/highway.
Depending on the age of the vehicle, the mileage and the condition of the fuel may decrease. Newer models have higher fuel capacity.
One of the most popular things about the United States vehicle is a vehicle identification number.
All types of criticisms, including the car’s chassis number, are tagged on the VIN.
Whether the vehicle was a major accident or whether a large part of it was repaired, whether there was a case. You can find the VIN in the driver’s side corner of the windshield from the outside or from registration and title papers.
9. Price negotiation:
Often small debates have led to debates with the seller regarding the car’s bid. Make a list of the faults and problems you encountered while inspecting the car and discuss the cost of repairing it. If there are no errors, then make an argument against the asking price. Then the seller may or may not accept it. However, before buying a car, you can fix the full price of both
Lastly, all I want to say is that as a student you should buy a car by studying and verifying the above information. Would you like to thank you for finally reading the content and will come to you with more important things later?