Lots of tips exist for buying a car. Check the mileage, experts say, or have the vehicle examined by a mechanic you trust. Get it from a dealer you’ve been with them for years, say some. No, from a private party, others insist.
But the absolute best way to get info on your new or used vehicle?
- expert advice, including reliability and safety ratings
- a 3-step pricing system
- specifics on the dealer’s actual cost
- info on whether the car has ever been in a disaster (like Hurricane Sandy) or an accident (Especially important nowadays, when not all states require disclosing this information)
Consumers Reports brags that their average customer saves more than $2,000 on a new car purchase – used cars would be less, of course, but you would also know pretty much exactly what that vehicle had seen through its years. And the results of access to these reports? Priceless.
[Editor’s Note: Be sure to also check out my complete guide on how I saved a ton on a new car recently.]
Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com