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Buying a Used Car



  1. Of course, the best way to buy a car is to buy a new one.
  2. It's much easier to get a loan when you are sure about the condition of a new car
  3. But if you are constrained in regards to money you should find a car that meets your needs and fits your budget.
  4. First, you need estimate the price of your future car.
  5. You shouldn't spend all your savings.
  6. Hide 20% of your budget. It may be possible you will need to spend about 5% to assess the technical condition of the car and about 15% for any necessary repairs.
  7. Choose the right model. If you have a family, you will want enough room for everyone plus ample cargo space.
  8. Some cars are cheap to buy but will cost a lot in the long run. Spend time before making a deal to search owner's forums to investigate common problems and ownership costs.
  9. Be careful with unnaturally low prices. You can become a victim of scammers.
  10. Find a good site with used cars. It should allow filtering by year, mileage, price and location.
  11. Think about logistics. If you look at about 3 cars a day, it will be necessary to find a mechanic nearby to assess technical conditions.
  12. The typical annual mileage on a car is about 12000 miles. Compare this with the annual mileage when choosing a car.
  13. Run a vehicle history report using the vehicle identification number (VIN). Ask the seller for it.
  14. Are you the first owner?
  15. Are the service records available?
  16. Are there liens on the car?
  17. How did you set the asking price?
  18. Is there any important information that wasn't in the ad?
  19. Can I have the car inspected by a mechanic?
  20. Test drive the selected car. Turn off the radio and try to find all types of road: hills, rough pavement, curves, highway. Try to define "is that car convenient for me". Are there any unusual sounds?
  21. After the test drive open the trunk, listen to the audio system, try to connect it via Bluetooth.
  22. Open the state's registry website to identify the form of contract you should have to register a car.


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  • ample – enough or more than enough; plentiful
  • assess – evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of
  • available – able to be used or obtained; at someone's disposal
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  • curves – a line or outline which gradually deviates from being straight for some or all of its length
  • get a loan – borrowing money
  • highway – a main road, especially one connecting major towns or cities
  • hills – a naturally raised area of land, not as high or craggy as a mountain
  • liens – a right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged
  • long run – extending over a long time
  • mileage – a number of miles travelled or covered
  • nearby – not far away; close
  • necessary – needed to be done, achieved, or present; essential
  • ownership – the act, state, or right of possessing something
  • pavement – a raised paved or asphalted path for pedestrians at the side of a road
  • room – space that can be occupied or where something can be done
  • scammers – a person who perpetrates a scam; swindler
  • trunk s a large, strong case or box used for storing things or for taking on a journey
  • unnaturally – is strange and often frightening, because it is different from what you normally expect
  • vehicle – a thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, lorry, or cart
  • victim – a person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action

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