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Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle can provide an affordable solution for families and individuals who want to upgrade their current ride without paying too much. However, it’s important to carefully shop for the right vehicle and negotiate with the seller to get the best deal possible.


Spotting a Lemon

No two used cars are the same. The condition of the vehicle will depend on whether it was in an accident, its car history report, how well it has been maintained, how the previous owner drove it, and a number of other variables. To get a better understanding of the vehicle, read the auto reviews, ratings, free car history report, and visit other online resources before choosing a vehicle. Make sure to also read our suggestions on which questions you should ask to avoid buying a lemon.

Negotiating With the Dealership

To begin negotiating a good deal, you will first need to know what the car’s current market value is. You can easily find the price of the vehicle you are interested using a site like Edmunds.com or CarGurus.com. You can then begin comparing prices at your local dealerships and have a good starting point of where to begin your negotiations. Look for a vehicle that has been on the market for at least 30 days, as studies have shown that most used vehicles listed for more than 30 days experience a significant price decrease.

If the vehicle model you are interested in has recently had a redesign, than the dealership may be more willing to drop the price on an older model. If the vehicle requires any work or has not had any recall issues fixed, then you may be able to negotiate a lower price.

If the dealership is not willing to work with you on the price, politely let them know that the vehicle is out of your price range and that you may return after shopping other dealerships. Leave your phone number and asked them to call you if the price drops or if there is a sale anytime in your future. More often than not, the dealership will call (oftentimes on the same day). Remember, they want your business.

Inquire about a Trade-In

If you are upgrading your car, consider a trade-in. This will significantly reduce the cost of your new pre-owned car and will save you the time, stress, and frustration associated with trying to privately sell your vehicle. It can also make it easier to haggle with the dealership.

Sell Your Junk Car

That old gas guzzler in your garage can be turned into quick cash today. Selling your junk car can help instantly bring down the cost of your new vehicle and free up some space in your garage or driveway. Contact Messy Motors at 888-309-1049 and we will tow the vehicle away for free and hand you top dollar on the spot for any unwanted vehicle, in any condition.