The Right Way to Buy a Used Car Without Getting Scammed

Shopping for the vehicle of your choice can sometimes push you to the limit and even wear you down. Yet, at other times the experience can be a fun one. However, knowing the right way of shopping for a used car can let you walk away with some benefits as well as a whole lot of experiences that you can later call on in the future. Here are some ways you can successfully shop for the used auto of your choice without getting scammed by the wrong people.

Decide on a Price Limit First

Since every car has a price tag attached to it, it is wise that you know your limit before going out to shop for your dream auto. You should try to stay within your budget and not go over it simple because you see a car you like but is out of your reach because of the cost. Therefore, if you decide that $5,000 is really what you can spend on a Sedan then stick to that price and not go after a loan of $7,000 when you see Jaguar selling in the car mart. In fact, some reasonable car marts have cars under $1,000 selling so your best bet is for you to shop around a bit first and see where the great prices are.

Carry Out a Thorough Research on the Model

If you do not thoroughly research the model car you are after, you could end up being scammed by a “cut throat” car dealer. If you research the model well enough, you will know plenty about the car you are buying. Some things you will find out because of carrying out a proper research are the weak points associated with the vehicle, repair history, vehicle identification number (VIN), price points and cost intervals. Following each checklist carefully can save you plenty of trouble in the future and lots of money as well.

Ford used car.
Ford used car.

Use Forums

Forums are a good place to start when looking for a reasonable second-hand auto to buy. Instead of dealing with a car salesman who will try to push up the price on you, why not start chatting on a few forums with people who are selling their used car? Having a pleasant chat on a forum with someone who understands your need can help you get a great car price deal. In addition, you can get information about some used cars that are on the market in various locations. Moreover, if the car you want to buy is a bit far away from where you are, a friendly forum member might want to volunteer to check it out for you.

Attend Used Car Auction in Your Community

Attending a used car auction happening near you can help you save plenty of cash. Still, buying a used car at an auction might have its disadvantage because you might not have the privilege of doing a pre-vehicle inspection on the spot with your mechanic; however, you can still come out a winner by getting a car for far less than it is worth when you buy at an auction.

Let Your Mechanic Check Over the Car

Many buyers make the mistake of not taking along their own mechanic when shopping for a used car and have to pay the price for their ignorance. Unless you are buying at an auction, when shopping for a used car make sure to take along your own qualified mechanic who can inspect the vehicle on the spot and tell you its strengths as well as its weaknesses. This decision can help you avoid problems with the car that might later arise.

Run a Check on the Owner

Some car owners are crooked and therefore can end up cheating you. You should try to find out if the owner of the car is neglectful of maintenance or not, is he or she trustworthy enough to tell you the bad stuffs about the car you are interested in buying and so on. Learning about the character of the owner can help you decide whether to trust him or her.

Chose the Right Financing

If you choose to finance through the dealership, you stand the chance of spending too much money. Instead, seek out a loan from your local bank, credit union or other financial center where you will be getting a much better rate to cope with.

Be Willing to Say No and Walk Away

Choose not to let your emotions get in the way when you see a vehicle that you love but instead be prepared to say no to the car salesman and walk away from the deal he or she is trying to give you. There are other places to buy your used car that you can always check out and eventually come away with a better deal in the end. If you easily let your emotions rule you, you could easily become prone to scams and end up losing plenty of cash in the process.

Knowing the right way to buy a used car will help you stay ahead of scammers who enjoy preying on unsuspecting buyers. You can save plenty of cash just by making the right moves and in the end stop stress from getting the better of you because of being scammed by unscrupulous sellers.

Lancelot Tucker is a book author and writer living in Jamaica. He hopes to break into screenwriting someday. He can be found on social media at, and