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Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be an exciting and nerve racking experience mixed together. The chances are that you already know what particular model you’re looking for. You’ve taken the time to research and compare several sites before narrowing the list down. You’ve also set a budget, which is ideally the most important step to take. You can always negotiate and bargain the final price with the seller. OK, now you’re ready to buy the car of your dreams or at least the car your budget allows for the moment!

Doing Your Homework in Advance

The first tip is to do a background check on the seller to see if the person is reputable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. Ask if the vehicle has been through any major accidents and how many times it has changed hands prior. Has the vehicle undergone engine or transmission repairs? These questions can reduce the cost drastically and maybe even persuade you to find another dealer or vehicle model. Sellers should be able to answer all of your questions with ease. Be aware if they stall or give you misleading information, this could be a red flag.

Alright, you’ve now made it to the final step, which is the actual purchase itself. Congrats! But before you sign any agreements or fork over any cash, you will want to have the vehicle inspected at a nearby trustworthy garage shop. Let your mechanic examine each component to make sure things are in perfect running order. Minor details, such as a tire change or oil change can be overlooked. You won’t spend that much money on either of the two services. Engine problems are a whole different story. So, it’s vital to have the mechanic give the vehicle their official seal of approval before you complete the transaction.

Call the Pros at Carlos Auto Repair & Towing Today!

Once you’ve bought the car, you will need to keep it properly maintained year round. At Carlos Auto Repair & Towing, we specialize in all types of repairs and vehicle services. Our garage is located in the heart of Santa Clara. We have an amazing team of dedicated professionals that are here to help every single step of the way! We’ll provide a routine inspection at a very low cost. We also have a 24/7 roadside crew on hand in case you should ever need any emergency roadside coverage. Drop by our Santa Clara auto body shop today!