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Buying and shopping for used cars doesn’t have to be a game of Russian roulette. In fact, today’s pre owned vehicles are among some of the safest used cars available on the market. Unfortunately, consumer still have some apprehension towards buying used cars and understandably so. In the past, a few bad apples — well, in this case, lemons — made buying a used car seem like a risk. Luckily things have changed for the better, and today’s used cars can easily reach up to 200,000 miles without any major overhauls.

Despite all the improvements, it can still be difficult to know what to look for when purchasing a used car. It can actually be downright intimidating and confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with what to look for in a used car. However, a little bit of planning and a tad bit of homework can help you execute your search with confidence.

Before you even begin searching for a used vehicle, it’s important to take a good hard look at your finances. What is your budget? Will you be paying outright or financing? What does your credit score look like? Will need a cosigner? It’s important to ask yourselves all of these questions and more in order to be prepared and to ensure an easy and smooth used car buying experience. In addition, determining a budget will help you zone in on used cars in your price range.

Second, it’s important to determine exactly what you’ll be using the vehicle for. While this may seem self explanatory, keep in mind that things may — and often do — change. For example, are you planning to move to a different area of the country with a different climate within the time you’ll own your used car?

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to ask for advice and help. If you’re unsure of what to look for when purchasing a used car, trying asking your mechanic for their expert opinion. Ask if they have any insider tips or if they can make any recommendations. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.

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