Buying a used vehicle can be a very smart move, actually one of the smartest moves you can make in regards to buying a car. However, it is often one of the dumbest mistakes for many people. Why is this?

The main reason is because people don’t realize that shopping for a used vehicle is totally different from shopping for a new one. You will still have to negotiate for a good deal, and still have to be careful who you buy from just like with buying a new car but price and seller are not what trips people up. It is not being able to the difference between quality and junk.

The major factor when looking at used cars is being able to discern the condition of the vehicle. If it is in good condition mechanically then its value is higher than that of a cheaper vehicle. If it comes through with flying colors on an in depth mechanical inspection then the car will be fine even if you bought from an individual advertising in the newspaper and could be a better vehicle than the one sold by your local Lexus dealer.

I know it sounds like I am saying. “Just buy a good one”, however the process of finding that good used car can be long and aggravating. It is much more difficult than finding a new car, after all you can’t just call up the used car factory and say I want this or I want that. Unless you are a risk taker and don’t mind losing thousands of dollars on a car that will be virtually worthless I urge you to follow a few suggestions to keep you out of trouble.

The first thing is you cannot be shy. If you are that type of person who feels that asking things of sellers and taking your time is being impolite to the dealer or person selling the vehicle then you need to change your way of thinking now. The only way you will make it is to know that you have the right to know everything about the vehicle and the purchase. You should be able to have any car you choose inspected by a mechanic of your choice prior to purchasing.

You will definitely want a pen and pad as well as a checklist to be sure you don’t miss anything. You can find checklist on websites that specialize in used vehicles. Just input “used vehicle checklist” in your search bar. Don’t allow yourself to be taken in by how good a car looks, it is what is underneath that is important.

Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting greasy and dirty. If you are going to really check out a car you are going to have to crawl underneath it and you are sure to get dirty but it will be worth it to keep from buying something with problems that can cost you big down the road.

About the author:
Gregg Hall is a business consultant and author for many online and offline businesses and lives in Navarre Florida with his 16 year old son. Get quality car care products from