With the world at our fingertips, options on where to buy a used car are as vast as the ocean. The mantra to follow is “keep it simple”.
When you begin to look don’t overlook the obvious. The used vehicle you are looking for could be right in front of you. Networking is a fast and easy way to find a used car to buy. Let everyone you know that you are looking and what you are looking for. While you are driving in your local area make note of parked and moving cars with for sale signs.
Another easy place to check is with reputable and certified repair shops and mechanics. Often owners don’t or can’t pay for the repairs and arrange with the mechanic or shop to take title.
If you’re a consumer that likes the convenience and selection of shopping at super stores a used car super store is the place for you. Two of the used car superstore chains in the United States are both from a big box retailer family. CarMax, considered to be the pioneer of the used car super store, is part of the Circuit City family. AutoNation USA is the product of Wayne Huizenga and Steve Berrard of the Blockbuster chain. At AutoNation USA and CarMax you will find 100’s and 100’s of cars to choose from with all makes and models so one visit to either of these will be worth your time. Save even more time by going on-line first and checking out the lots close to you.
There are several Internet sites to locate used cars. According to Alexa.com a traffic count website, three of the most viewed websites are Kelly Blue Book, AutoTrader.com and cars.com. Dealers and private parties pay to have their vehicles advertised. Make sure you call to verify availability since the information is only as good as the last update. Enter your criteria in the search options for the most effective use of these sites.
The ever-popular craigslist has used vehicles for sale by owners and dealers. Since it lacks search options like the other on-line sites and is date driven the most efficient way to search on craigslist is daily. Your initial search of all the ads can be time consuming.
When price is the most important factor and you need to find a vehicle for $10,000 or less the most efficient way is to search on-line. You might need to search outside your local zip code to find the best for less but it will broaden your choices.
If you are looking for a 40th Anniversary Edition black Mustang convertible the fastest way to find it is to type exactly what you are looking for in a Google or Yahoo search. Any specific used vehicle is best found on-line in an independent search.
When buying a used car remember that the time and money spent in finding the car goes into the equation so keep it simple and use your time and gas wisely.