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A Definitive Guide to Buying Used Cars Online

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  1. A Definitive Guide to Buying Used Cars Online

  2. Both Government and Public Auctions that are popular with people who want to spend less, online car auctions have become increasingly popular. With the cost of overheads being none to little, online companies are able to provide you with better deals at lower base prices and what’s better, you can do it from the convenience of your home. But before getting carried away, let’s take a look at how best to bid for a car in an online auction.

  3. Learn About the Vehicle It is best to go with a vehicle that you are familiar with. It doesn’t mean that you need to buy the same brand and model as you owned previously, but if you’re accustomed to domestic made cars and may not have the best idea about imported model, stick to the familiar. It lowers the chances of being duped by the seller and also helps in maintaining the car.

  4. Always Perform a Background Check Carfax reports are quite informative about the VIN and background history of the vehicle. They may cost a little, but the information regarding the car can help you decide whether or not you would want to place a bid for the car. Do ensure the carfax reports tally with the mileages on the service records and odometer records.

  5. Inspect the Vehicle Before Bidding Ideally, you should get an independent mechanical report for the car you’re interested in. A trustworthy mechanic can inspect the car and let you know whether or not it’s a good deal. If you cannot arrange for a mechanic to check out the car for you, you should be ready to do some minute inspection yourself. Look out for telltale signs of patch up work and oil or water puddles under the engine. The car should have an even stance, and no signs of water damage.

  6. Be Ready for Some Repairs Most used cars sold in auctions are sold on an ‘As is’ basis. Hence it is quite often necessary to do some bit of repairs on your own. Similarly, some mechanical challenges may arise in the future as well. Unless you have the ability to fix any problems that may suddenly spring up, it may not be the best option to buy from an auction. You don’t want to spend more than what you paid for the car, on repairs.

  7. Bid According to Your Capacity There are many online resources where you can get a basic idea of the worth of a used car. You could also check prices on craigslist and local classified listings. This way you have a baseline rate based on which you could set your bid. Do not get carried away by the bidding and end up spending a lot more than what the car is worth. Used cars are that, used and often misused. It is better to not win a bid, than be stuck with an overpriced jalopy.

  8. Last Few Words It isn’t impossible to get a good car at an online auction. When armed with the right knowledge of what to look for, patience to inspect the vehicle in detail and the ability and willingness to handle repairs, you could quite possibly get yourself a great deal.

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