Buying a used car is often a smart move for two clear reasons. The first is that in the short term it will save you money because used cars cost less than brand new ones being sold right out of the dealer’s showrooms. Rather than spending tens of thousands of dollars, you could get one up for half of that, or anywhere down to less than a grand. It also benefits you financially in the long term. Cars depreciate in value rapidly, so it does make sense to purchase one that has already lost most of its market value at a low price. In addition, it’s important to remember there are still plenty of great vehicles available on the used car market.

Here are a few tips to make your life a little easier when buying a used car, and ensure that you get the right car for you.

1) A Year or Two Can Make All The Difference

You might think that to save money on a used car you have to buy one that’s at least five or ten years old, but that’s not true. You will typically find that a car which is just a couple years old will be considerably cheaper than one that’s brand new. As such, you can still get a late model vehicle at a lower price than what you would pay for a new one; you just need to find the right seller. Again, this is due to the amount the cars have depreciated, even after the first year, and there’s often quite a difference for makes and models.

2) Find One That’s Not Too Expensive to Run

One of the big benefits of buying a used car is that you can find one that is inexpensive to operate. You can decide whether you want to get a gasoline engine or possibly a hybrid. You will find pre-owned many used hybrids for sale on the market these days, and it could be exactly what you want for your new car. If you’re buying a car used, the financial aspect of the purchase will be a concern. So, it makes sense to be sure you’re saving even more by getting a car that gets good gas mileage, and one that doesn’t cost too much to maintain. If you are thinking about purchasing a used hybrid, there is another advantage to consider. They are far more likely to hold their value, which can be a factor if you decide to trade it in at some future date. 

3) Take It for A Spin

Definitely make sure that you take the car for a test drive before you commit to a purchase. This isn’t just about finding out whether there are any issues; you need to make sure you like the way the car handles, how it feels on the road, and if it’s comfortable to drive. Also, if you’re buying from a private seller you might need to make sure your insurance policy, or the sellers, covers you for the test drive. If you are dealing with a used car dealer, that won’t be an issue; dealers have insurance that will cover you if there is an accident during a test drive.

4) What’s Been Replaced or Repaired?

Checking a few things on the car is a good way of getting a feel for how well it’s been taken of. For instance, you might find that the steering well shakes on the highway, or the tires don’t have much tread left or are worn unevenly. Things like that can tell you a lot about whether the car has been well maintained. Any repairs or accidents should also be part of the car’s history that the seller should provide you with..

5) Negotiating A Price

For some, the best part about buying a used car could be negotiating a final price. When buying a new car, you’ll usually find new car dealers are eager to sell a car with cool tech and luxury features; features that can add considerably to the price. On the other hand, if you buy a used car with some of those same features, the car may have depreciated even more that a similar vehicle without those high cost options. And used car dealers don’t have nearly the overhead of a new car dealer, which enables them to sell the same used car as a new-car dealership for less money. Also, used car dealers typically expect some negotiation between buyer and seller, so they are usually able to agree to a price that’s fair to both parties.

6) Don’t Forget Insurance!

People often discover they can buy their dream car second-hand for a price they can actually afford. However, if they jump at the chance to buy that car, they need to be sure to evaluate other costs that may affect their decision. The cost of the car is only the first issue. You have to think about insurance as well, and for some cars, insurance may be more expensive than you think, even for a used car. If you’re buying your first car, you might find that the combined monthly payments for the car and the insurance puts it financially out of reach. So be certain you don’t purchase a vehicle that you can’t afford.

7) Check Around

It’s a buyer’s market out there, and that means you should be looking at different sources and sellers of used cars; particularly, if you’re eager to buy a certain make or model. You might find that the same car from one dealer is being offered at a lower price from a different dealer. As such, it’s always worth shopping around before you commit to a purchase. It’s so easy to do these days because there are various sites online that allow you to compare used car prices from a variety of sellers.

8) Is it Showing the Right Mileage?

One of the tricks private sellers might use when putting their older car on the market is to change the mileage. By changing the mileage, they can get a better price for the car. On average, a car travels around 12-15 thousand miles a year. So, if the mileage doesn’t match the age of the car, double check and make sure that there’s no foul play going on.

9) Buying From A Dealer Gives You Protection

If possible, you should buy from a dealer rather than a private seller. Buying from a dealer, you can get an extra level of security with your purchase. Most dealers will give you a warranty for a certain period of time or the amount of miles driven, which eliminates the worry about the possibility of having a mechanical problem and not being able to get the dealer to repair it. Buying from a dealer, you can often get assurance that if there is an issue with your car, you can return it within a set period. This won’t be the case with a private seller.

10) Buying On-Line

Finally, you should be aware that buying a used car directly from an on-line seller may not give you the same protection as purchasing the vehicle from a face-to-face seller. You also need to be aware of a seller offering a car when they have made it clear they have no expert knowledge and are not a professional dealer. In cases like this, where you buy the car from pictures only, they might sell you a car that doesn’t work and leave you with a massive loss.


Buying your next vehicle from Eden Autos will be a Hassle-Free Experience. Every vehicle we sell comes with a Car Fax report and a 3-month or 4,500 mile bump-to-bumper warranty.