Internet Shopping: Used Cars for Sale Online
With all of the “Used Cars for Sale” signs and dealers popping up as
thick as trees everywhere you look, it can be a frustrating and time
consuming chore to find a reliable, satisfactory used car. Sale ads
on TV, the Internet and in print offer plenty of possibilities –
thousands of them. In today’s Internet world, more and more at-home
shoppers want the convenience and no-pressure purchasing power that
being online offers. Is it really okay to buy your next used car
from an Internet dealer or private owner? It can be, if you do the
In a Google search for the exact phrase “used cars,” 58,300,000 hits
were returned. In a more narrow, exact-phrase search for “used cars
for sale in _____,” filling in the blank with a major city, 30-40
hits were returned. By using quotes around the phrase in the Google
search bar, the search engine is forced to look only for the exact
There are many places to buy cars on the Internet. Referral services
handling used cars for sale will send your request to local dealers
within their association and these dealers will make bids based on
your specifications. You will receive a no-obligation quote by email
from the ones offering the best prices.
Individuals selling cars will list their cars on one or more
Internet services, including free bulletin boards like
Craigslist.com or services that take a handling fee like eBay.com.
The potential buyer can then contact the owner directly with
questions or offers.
Just like buying anything, an Internet purchase of a used car for
sale can be a normal, satisfying experience. A good place to do some
homework is DMV.org. This resource offers excellent reading that
will help you be wise when you find a special used-car sale; it will
help you decipher the legitimate from the scams.
Vehicle history reports are vital today with so many vehicles being
bought and sold between states and even from foreign sources. Do
whatever you must to obtain one. You may be able to get one from the
dealer who has a used car for sale that you’re interested in. Or
order one online from Carfax.com or Autocheck.com. In the past, you
could find a vehicle history report for free, but it seems that
although sites advertise them, you now mostly get the make, model
and year of manufacture of a vehicle, and the number of records you
can see when you buy the report. The advantage of Internet shopping
is this information can be made readily available to you.
Basically, the same rules apply on the Internet as in face-to-face
used-car buying. You still want to look for vehicle records, vehicle
history and the opportunity to kick the tires before purchasing a
used car for sale through the Internet. Approach the purchase with
wide-open eyes, meaning know your facts and don’t change your
principles. Get that history report, get all the paperwork regarding
warranty, maintenance and financing, and meet the seller in person.
Then enjoy driving your “new” car, and go get yourself something
really nice with the money you save. Or pay that bill that just
won’t go away.
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