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Basics of Buying - How do I buy a used car?


We understand that no matter how hard we try, we can't SELL everyone their new vehicle, but we can GIVE everyone 10 important tips to insure that they BUY well.

 

Discover the 10 BASIC's of Buying

#1. Buying a PRE-OWNED vehicle is a much BETTER INVESTMENT.

Research shows that under normal circumstances, buying a brand new car is one of the worst investments that people can make. In most cases, after buying a brand new car, truck, van or SUV, the minute the vehicle is driven off of the lot, the automobile is worth less than the purchase price. The old saying "Penny-wise and Pound-foolish" fits buying new over buying used very well.

 

#2. Make sure the vehicle been recently INSPECTED by a CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN.

Before deciding, check to see when the vehicle was last inspected and ask to see a copy of the thoroughness. Also, ask questions about who did the inspection and where it was done. You can never ask too many inspection questions. A word to the wise that fits this scenario is "looks can be deceiving".

 

#3. Ask for updated "MARKET COMPARABLES" to insure you're not OVER PAYING.

Basic Auto Sales like all reputable dealers has invested in the latest technology that will our customers to check and see exactly how many "like models" there are in a 50, 100, 200 or more radius in order to insure that the price being asked for is fair and equitable. When it comes to buying automobiles; "What you don't know can hurt you"!

 

#4.  Always ask for a VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT and request a printed CARFAX!

There are several vehicle history reporting companies and the best known is CARFAX. Bottom line, if you are getting ready to purchase a vehicle and the seller cannot or will not provide a report, you should be very alarmed and on guard. There are plenty of autos that have "marks" on the reports and many are explainable, however, if a report is being left out or not available, "it's better to be safe than sorry" and "appearances can be deceptive".

 

#5. Purchase based on NEEDS, WANTS, EXPECTATIONS and AFFORDABILITY.

Everyone gets excited when buying a new vehicle and we love being a part of it, however, we also believe that we have a responsibility to consult, teach and educate. In our 25-plus years of operational experience, we've learned that the best thing for Basic Auto is to do the best thing for our customers. The best practice in our opinion is to make purchases based on all four factors: Your needs, wants, expectations and what you can comfortably afford. Its "better to be happy than in a hurry" and "haste makes waste".

 

#6. WARRANTIES or WORRIES; all machines at some point will need service attention.

One of, if not the most important thing to have on any vehicle is a warranty. We have never, in the history of working in the industry, heard of anyone being sorry for having a warranty on their vehicle. However, we've not only heard of but we have experienced hundreds if not thousands of scenarios where people could not afford to fix their vehicle due to the expense of a repair. Vehicles, just like people, are never perfect. An automobile is a machine and regardless of what anyone or anything tells you, all machines at some point will have problems. As the old saying goes "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when".

 

#7. If at any point you're upside down in ownership, cover the GAP with INSURANCE.

All too often people and in almost every finance deal there is a period of time where someone owes more than what the product is worth. This provides a very risky scenario when buying vehicles as there are so many situations that are completely out of your control. But bottom line, if your car is totaled, for any reason and it can be to no fault of your own; you can easily end up in a situation where you still owe money on the automobile but the car has been totaled. Gap insurance is so affordable and in our opinion, one of the best investments someone can make; we never recommend financing a vehicle without it! You always want to cover the Gap… "Prevention versus the Cure".

 

#8. HISTORY, LONGEVITY and the quality of the seller's RELATIONSHIPS are critical.

Experience comes with doing and the longer someone does something, the greater the chances of them learning to be better. Also, the longer someone is in business, the easier it is to find others who've done business with them. If endorsements didn't work or were not of value, professionals and experts wouldn't be paid for their advice or endorsements. Pay close attention to what respected people and or your friends and family say about a company, if they are good, you shouldn't have to struggle to find out…. "Experience is the teacher of all things" and "You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do" - Henry Ford.

 

#9. RESEARCH is right; always study customer, industry and organizational RATINGS.

This is the easiest and best time in history to buy a car, van, minivan, truck or SUV. The amount of information is endless and we recommend that you educated as best you can when making all buying decisions, especially a vehicle. You should visit Autorater.com, Cars.com, Better Business Bureau or Google to see what people are saying about anyone you are considering doing business with. Please visit our TESTIMONIALS page as well. Doing your research parallels the old saying "the buyer needs a hundred eyes and the seller needs but one".

 

#10. Look for, inquire about and request an in-house SERVICE CENTER.

Dealerships that are making the investment to serve others for the long haul are always the best to do business with. A major indicator of the commitment to both the customer and the business is to have all elements of the buying cycle covered by offering sales and service. Caution should be taken if someone is selling you a major piece of equipment (an automobile) without the ability to fix it. Commitment should be very important in car buying, always look for those who are dedicated…."there are fewer traffic jams along the extra mile"…. "Nothing consoles and comforts like certainty does."