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TIPS FOR BUYING A USED CAR

What Do You Want?

Buying a used car can be a very confusing business. Make a realistic assessment of your needs and your ability to fund them before starting to look for a vehicle.

Things to consider:
  • What type of car best suits your needs - a four or six cylinder, a sedan or station wagon, manual or automatic?
  • What will you use it for - day to day driving to and from work, weekend excursions, family transport?
  • How much can you afford to spend?

Your honest answers will narrow down your shopping list.

In order to make a more informed decision, purchase a copy of your local Trading Post publication for up to date editorials on different car manufacturers.

If you are looking for a large family vehicle, don't automatically look at four wheel drive vehicles unless you genuinely need their strength and off-road capability. Running costs will be much higher than a conventional station wagon or people mover.

Don't be lured into buying a high-mileage imported prestige car unless you can afford to repair it if there is a problem.

An older Mercedes-Benz or BMW for the price of a new Daewoo is tempting, but if you will be relying on your car for personal or business reasons and you have a strict budget, you could be buying trouble.

It's tempting to buy a sports model, but you will also be paying more for insurance. Sporting models usually are driven harder than conventional cars, so they can wear out quicker.

If you're a first car buyer, get the lowest mileage, latest model car that will fit your budget. Newer cars are generally safer, more trouble free and cheaper to finance and insure.

Spend time using the Search facility on this site looking at vehicles which fit your pocket and requirements.

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