How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A Used Car

You’ve probably heard horror stories about people going to a used car lot and buying a car that turns out to be a lemon. Here’s how to avoid it happening to you.

How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When Buying A Used Car

Don’t get ripped off with a lemon, check out these tips.

If you’re unfamiliar with this bitter term, it’s a car that turns out to have numerous defects that weren’t known before the purchase.

lemonTo avoid getting a lemon, follow these tips below.

  • Purchase Low Mile Vehicles: If possible, try to limit your search to vehicles with mileage under 100,000 miles.  In general, higher mileage vehicles tend to have more trouble.
  • Ask For Used Car Reports: Most dealerships have reports showing the history of the vehicle.  Be sure to request one of these reports.  CARFAX is a popular option.
  • Never Buy On Emotion: Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.  Make a purchase based on research and comparison.
  • Visit Reputable Dealers: You’ll want to shop from car dealers that have the backing of the manufacturer.  For instance if you’re buying a Toyota, you’ll want to find a Toyota certified used vehicle.
  • Know The Value: Make sure that you do plenty of research on the value of the used car that you are considering.  If the price seems too good to be true, there could be a problem.

Following these tips will help prevent you from buying a lemon.  Remember to take your time when purchasing a used vehicle.  It will make all the difference.  The same applies when purchasing car parts.  You’ll want to stick with genuine Toyota parts such as quality Highlander parts.

Written by Tom Blackman