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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 following research.

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 phrase.

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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