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What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

A while back, my husband and I had to get rid of one of our leased vehicles and get a cheaper monthly payment on a vehicle.  We were able to break our lease with no fee because of a special they had to go at the time.
Buying a new vehicle is always an exciting thing for me. I love changing it up and getting something new.  We decided because of where we live,  we should get a car with all-wheel drive that wasn't too bad of gas mileage.  
We set our sites on a Subaru. I've always wanted one, and they are geat all-wheel-drive vehicles.  
The dealer we went to was a Jeep Dealership,  and they luckily had one used Subaru in stock. It was Silver,  and not too many miles so it was an easy sell for me. 
Unfortunately,  we were so ready to just get a car, we didn't think to check out every little thing to make sure it all worked properly before buying. 
We bought that Subaru and headed on our way.  
It wasn't until a rainstorm hit a month later,  that our back windshield wiper didn't work.. and a couple of weeks after that when it was below freezing,  my husband realized the passenger side seat warmer didn't work.. 
I feel like some people that don't have much experience buying cars wouldn't think to check things like that when test driving, or before they buy.

 So I am going to give a few pointers on things I've learned from buying used cars. 

Check every feature:
Like I mentioned before, if you're looking at an upgraded car, make sure all the upgrades actually work before you buy.  If they don't, you might be able to get the price down or make a deal to have it fixed at the dealer's expense before you buy the vehicle. 

Look at the interior:
When buying used cars, it's important to be thorough. When you first get into a car your in love with,  you have those love goggles on where you don't see as many flaws. So try to look throughout the entire car carefully for stains or rips. Things that the dealer can take care of or that will give you a way to haggle the price a bit.

Compare dealerships: 
If you are buying, for example, a used Subaru at a Jeep dealership,  then realizes that the dealership won't know anything about your vehicle.  
They specialize in what they sell,  so I would try to go through a dealership that specifically sells Subaru vehicles so if you have any issues with the car, your dealership can help you fix it rather than tell you to go somewhere else. 

Know exactly what you want:
The best way to buy a car is to go in knowing exactly what you want. It saves so much time.
If you know what you want,  then you have done research on the vehicles so you should know good pricing,  and what type of things to look for.  Knowledge is power. 

Shop around:
Don't fall in love with the first car you see. Make sure you look at other dealerships for better prices,  or lower miles. I like to do all of my shopping around on the internet,  and then when I'm ready to buy,  I go to the place that had the best deal. Simple enough,  but I've also just gone to a dealership and bought the first car they showed me without realizing what I was doing. Be smart,  shop around first. 

I hope these suggestions help you with your next vehicle purchase. 
Do you have any other suggestions I didn't mention? Please share in the comments so everyone can benefit! 


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