Considered First When Buying Used Cars for Sale by Owners

April 7, 2009

If you are in the market for a car, used cars for sale by owner is a good option for finding the car that you are seeking. Used cars last longer these days and hold their value longer than ever before. With the warranties that are available today, you can get a car that is a few years old that still has a long time left on the warranty. Some people don’t like buying cars for sale by owner because they think the cars have not only been used, but also abused. Of course, the condition of the vehicle will be of concern. In order to assess a used car search, first learn how long it’s been around. Make sure a car’s price reflects its age. For proof of how many times a car has been around the block, investigate its papers.

Tips Considered First When Buying Used Cars for Sale by Owners?

When buying used cars being sold by an owner, it is very important to remember that you are buying the car exactly as you see it, meaning whatever problems the car has, upon buying it, become your problems. Rarely does one sell his/her car unless there is something wrong with it and they are buying a new one. Will you be even getting an honest answer when you ask the owner if the car needs extensive repairs or if the car has been giving the owner frequent problems entailing a huge amount of money in repairing and maintaining the vehicle. Still, there may still be a chance of acquiring a car which has been well maintained from owners who are simply looking for a newer vehicle.

Owners who sell their used cars prices based on car dealerships’ prices on comparable vehicles although sometimes, they may even ask for a higher price compared to counterparts being sold in car dealerships. Owners may demand for a higher price since they assure the customer that they really took proper care of the vehicle. However, you have to remember that very little chance of getting another car from the private owner exists, thus, they really do not put much emphasis on customer satisfaction the same way car dealerships do.

Owners who sell their cars eventually realize that selling their car ‘as is’ may be harder than they have first perceived it to be. Hence, they end up adding more features or making the car even more appealing to choosy buyers. Improving the car would further result to added costs passed on to consumers.

Considering all these factors, it might be even more expensive to buy used cars from owners rather than getting them from respectable car dealers. The cost alone of refurbishing the vehicle may prove costly for the buyer. Finally, make sure that both you and the owner are satisfied with the price and that your agreement is well communicated. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarifications; it is important to know exactly what you’re getting into.

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Cheap Used Honda CR-V

November 17, 2008

The Honda CR-V is designed to deliver an ideal balance of style, functionality and features in a versatile and accommodating 5-passenger crossover SUV package. Three distinct trim levels (LX, EX and EX-L) provide unique styling cues and feature content that accommodate shoppers seeking everything from basic function to premium appointments – yet all come equipped with the same high level of safety equipment. The 2009 CR-V achieves the highest five-star crash safety rating by the federal government for both frontal and side impacts1 , the highest rating possible even in used cars for sale. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the CR-V as a ‘Top Safety Pick – 2008.’ ‘The right balance of style, refinement and performance is helping the Honda CR-V earn a top spot in the SUV sales charts,’ said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. ‘Upscale styling, a spacious interior and sedan-like handling appeal to shoppers looking for a crossover sport utility vehicle.’ The CR-V’s unit-body construction features extensive use of high-strength steel to provide rigidity. Comprised of a front MacPherson strut layout and a rear multi-link suspension, the high-rigidity body and independent suspension offer an engaging driving experience rare for this class of vehicle.

State-of-the art noise absorption materials help to reduce engine and road noise for an ultra-quiet cabin. The inside of the CR-V blends the company’s renowned ergonomics and innovative storage integration with modern and efficient styling. Abundant standard and available features like a Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System3 with voice recognition and a rear view camera accentuate the attention to premium details. A retractable center tray table on LX and EX models and a center console with storage on EX-L provide two beverage holders, and EX and above models also contain an additional 12-volt power outlet and house the auxiliary audio input jack. Models outfitted with a leather interior (CR-V EX-L) come equipped with a dual-zone automatic climate control system and a power driver’s seat with eight-way adjustment and power lumbar support. Additionally, all CR-V EX-L models are equipped with the premium audio system. On the CR-V EX and EX-L, a dual-deck cargo shelf provides additional storage versatility in the cargo area, while providing enough clearance underneath for grocery bags or items such as a folded stroller. There is even an option as Honda has gone green and provides options for hybrid cars for sale and has gone on to create a stir in the used car market, with yet another segment springing up.

The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System3 with voice recognition and rearview camera, available on the CR-V EX-L, features a 6.5-inch motorized display that opens and closes for access to an internal single-disc CD player and a digital audio card reader that can play MP3 and WMA® files from CompactFlash® cards. The navigation system contains more than 7 million points of interest and can control the audio system. The voice recognition is capable of recognizing and entering numbers, street names and cities. The available, fully-automatic Real Time 4WD system enhances the CR-V’s all-weather capabilities when driving in rain, snow and dirt roads – without the significant weight, fuel economy and handling performance drawbacks of a conventional four-wheel-drive system. Three new colors have been introduced for the 2009 model year: Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic and Urban Titanium Metallic. The Honda CR-V is a global product for Honda sold in 160 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa – the most of any Honda automotive product.


Buying a Used Car for Sale

November 10, 2008

Although not always as expensive, buying a cheap used car for sale can be as daunting and confusing a prospect as buying a new car. You still have to consider the cost and type of used car for sale, but now face the potential pitfalls of used cars – is it legitimate, roadworthy and reliable – where do I buy a used car?

Below is a list of tips to help you when buying a used car :

  • Decide on a budget and make sure you stick to it. It should include the cost of insurance, fuel, MOT, road tax and servicing.
  • Decide what type of car you want. You need to consider what you will be using it for- transporting children, pets, driving long distances regularly or for leisure use.
  • Decide how you are going to finance the cost of the car – a personal loan is one option for this type of purchase. It may be best to arrange finance before going any further, as you will then be forced to stick to your budget.
  • Shop around – look on the internet to get an idea of types of car and what the current prices are. Check papers, especially those like Autotrader that specialize in used car sales. There are also used car dealers (you have more rights and safeguards here than with buying privately)– take time to look around a variety of these and be prepared for possible hard sell techniques!
  • Always view cars in good light – if it is dark or dull this is likely to hide faults.
  • Taking along another person may be a good idea – they may be able to spot what you miss.
  • For private sales, view the used car at the sellers’ home rather than let them bring it to you. It lets you see where the car is coming from.
  • Check all the documents carefully – this could save you any future headaches. Look in the log book (V5) and ensure the name there matches that of the seller (for private sales). Check service history and records, Mot certificate (for vehicles over 3yrs old) and any receipts for repairs or maintenance.
  • Make sure all the dates add up/make sense.
  • Organize an independent inspection – this often pays for itself as it can pick up any potentially serious or costly problems. The RAC and Green Flag offer these, as do many other motoring organizations.
  • Get an HPI check – this is very worthwhile as it identifies any stolen, written off or cloned vehicles.
  • Take a test drive – for all the used cars you are interested in buying. This should be at least 15 minutes over a variety of different road surfaces. It allows you to decide if the car is comfortable and whether it handles well. Make sure the car is taxed and you are insured to drive it. Listen for any bumps, rattles or squeaks that could be indicative of a problem.
  • Walk around the car and methodically check it.
  • Be prepared to haggle over the price, and do not buy impulsively. It is often worth mentioning that you have been looking on the internet and are aware of current used car prices.

And if you still have doubts or concerns at this stage, it is better to walk away from the vehicle and look for something else.