An informed consumer is a good consumer and eventually a happy consumer. Doing your research beforehand can save you a lot of headache later. This is so true in purchasing a new or used car. There are a lot of choices out there, and narrowing those choices down to the one that is right for you can take a while. However, the search is worth it, when you are driving the car that is the perfect fit for you.
The economy is precarious and perhaps you are feeling a personal pinch on the wallet. This might not be the best time to invest in a brand new car. Though you may want one, the decision may have to lean towards a gently used, pre-owned car. There are just as many of those out there as there are new cars, and good deals are out there.
You go to the dealer. Let him or her know that you are not looking to purchase a new car, you would like to see what they have in pre-owned. After looking at what they have to offer, you may decide that you can squeak out a few extra bucks per month and purchase a new car. Then again, you may not be able to afford it.
Ask the dealer lots of questions about the car, the previous owner. Get the statistics on the car. Has it ever been in an accident? What kind of work has been done to it? This is all easily accessible and available for every previously owned car on the market today. If you are handy with cars and know your way around an engine, you may be able to save money by purchasing a car that might need some engine work or some other adjustment that you are adept at. It is a great way to save money when purchasing a car, and you will know that you have done the work yourself.