Most Common Used Car Buying Mistakes

February 29th, 2016 by

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a used car! This exciting adventure is rife with opportunities to get a great deal on a vehicle that perfectly matches your wants, needs, and budget.

To help you during this exciting time, the team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach has put together a list of the 5 most common used car buying mistakes and how you can avoid them!

Mistake #1: Not Shopping with a Dealer

When you shop with a private seller, you may think that you’ll get a better deal, but will you? The time it takes to find the exact vehicle you want as well as the negative possibilities associated with shopping from someone who’s unqualified to sell the vehicle can wreak havoc on your budget. You might end up getting a vehicle that looked good but is actually going to fall apart in a month.

Do yourself a favor and go with a trusted used car dealer who has a reputation for quality and customer service.

Mistake #2: Not Checking for Maintenance

The first thing you should do when buying a used car is a walk around and do a maintenance check. Be sure that the vehicle is in good shape on the outside and that all of the interior mechanical features work the way they should.

Then look under the hood and make sure nothing looks amiss. This includes checking that the battery terminals are clean, the engine oil level and quality is sufficient, and other fluids are at the correct level.

All of this will give you an indication of the vehicle’s overall health and whether it’s a good buy or you should keep looking.

Mistake #3: Not Shopping Around

Shopping around is the best way to ensure that you get the best possible deal. If you’re working with a dealer closely and you’ve got a good relationship with them, but you find a better deal somewhere else, consider taking your business to the dealer near West Palm Beach, Greenacres, and Boca Raton with a comparable vehicle and seeing if they’ll negotiate with you. Dealerships like Braman Honda of Palm Beach want your business and are willing to work with you if they can.

Mistake #4: Not Enough Research

When you’re searching for a new vehicle, it’s easy to get caught up in the lust for your future vehicle and immediately stop doing research when you’ve found “the one.” Of course this ends up being a problem when you find out the vehicle your purchased doesn’t have that special feature you wanted.

The trick here is to take your time during the research phase and confirm that the vehicle you purchase does, in fact, have all of the features you’re looking for.

Mistake #5: Not Taking a Good Test Drive

Taking a thorough test drive is key for ensuring that the vehicle is in good shape. But more than that, it’s important to learn how the vehicle drives and whether that will work for you in the long run.

Be sure to take the vehicle on a longer drive, trying all of the features, including the heater and air conditioner, and adjusting the mirrors to determine where the blind spots are.

Pay extra attention to how quickly the vehicle stops and whether it makes any strange noises while you’re starting, shifting gears, stopping, or idling, as these could be symptoms of a mechanical problem.


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