Tips On How To Sell Used Cars

By Adriana Noton

Due to the troubled economic climate, most people have made efforts to cut down on their personal expenses. This has led to more people shopping for better deals. One area that has seen an increase in business is the sale of used cars. When selling a used car, one has to make sure that it will be attractive to potential buyers and that it will sell close to its retail value. There are a number of things you have to do to show buyers that your used car is a worthwhile investment.

Below are a number of tips on how to sell used cars:

1. First impressions will either result in a sale or turn potential buyers away. It is important that you prepare to sell your used car. You need to make it look as good as new. Check the exterior all over for scratches, dents, rust, and chipped paint. Fix and paint any bad spots. Use a scratch remover for small scratches. Scratches can be sanded and have a coat of paint applied. As well, check your tires to see if the treads are worn and if they are leaking air. You should replace any worn tires. Once you have repaired any damage, thoroughly wash the exterior and wax it.

2. Prepare the interior of the car. Check the upholstery for any tears and repair them. Get rid of any garbage. Vacuum the inside of the car, including the air vents and crevices. Use a mild cleaning agent to clean the interior. Make sure you clean any stains and check the floors to see if there are any holes that need to be filled.

3. Check for any missing or broken parts such as the rearview mirror, stereo knobs, lights, windshield wipers, ashtrays trim, broken seatbelts...etc. Repair or replace items that are broken or missing.

4. Take your car for a test drive. Listen for any unusual sounds such as a loud muffler, transmission jumping gears, or squeaky breaks. If you hear anything, get a mechanic to exam the car. As well, look under the car for any unusual leaks. Check under the hood for any problems such as a corroded battery. Make sure all of the fluids are full.

5. When determining the price of the car, check to see what the most popular cars are. As well, note the mileage of the car. A car with high mileage will sell for less. Check the Kelly Blue Book to determine the value of the car so you are offering a fair price. There are also a variety of online used cars sites where you can compare prices of cars. You can also do this online by comparing vehicles at a variety of car websites. The price you choose should reflect the history of its reliability, the make/model/year, condition of the car, and the mileage.

6. Make sure you have all of the important documents such as the car's registration, title to the car, record of maintenance, inspection papers, warranties, and record of replacement parts. You can also obtain a CARFAX Vehicle History Reports to show potential buyers that you are not hiding anything.

Perception is everything when selling a used car. It is important to take the time to make the car look as good as new and be honest with potential buyers. It will greatly increase the likelihood that you get the price you want for the used car. - 30815

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Seedy Dealers, Loser Salesmen

By Myer Thompson

New cars are for suckers. Sure, they're nice and all -- in fact, they're downright gorgeous. It's hard to not want one, especially if you happen to catch it doing donuts out in the desert on some commercial. Sleek interiors, the polish of leather, and all hat aerodynamic business is enough to make any boob tube slave want to ditch their bucket of bolts and finance a new beauty.

The problem with new cars is the fact they're so damned expensive. I don't care what make or model catches your fancy, you're looking to finance at least $12,000 easy. Hen, depending on your credit score, you could end up paying more like $20,000 for the privilege of driving that sleek beast. Who said being a sucker wasn't stylish?

I know I got you with my jabs, now here comes the uppercut. Any used car for sale you can find online is bound to cost you a third of the cost of a new one. You can bag yourself a fully loaded, slightly older model for peanuts. Here's a choice: $13,500 for a new Ford Focus or $3,000 for a 2003 or 2004 model? See what I mean?

Used cars get a bad rep. Buying one usually conjures seedy dealerships and loser salesmen out to do you in with a slick smile and empty promises. But you can find reputable dealers online -- in fact, you can even find out of the dealership has managed to find its way to Rip Off Report or the BBB. Do your research -- there's no sense finding a great deal and paying a dirty dealer for it.

What should you do if the mileage on that lovely used car is astronomical? Well, it depends on the make. Most Volvos don't get started until they're well past 100 K. A '64 Ford Mustang, on the other hand, might be better off as a weekend or show car. The key is knowing what you're going to need the car far. It is for commuting everyday? Then pass on the '56 Bel Air and find yourself a car less than 10 years old. - 30815

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Tips And Trade Secrets About Used Car Auctions

By Jack Logan

The price you pay for at used car auctions is always higher than what you originally bid. Lets not forget about the buyers premium and this can range from a few hundred dollars all the way up to a couple thousand dollars. It can be ten percent of the bid of maybe just five. When you get caught up in the excitement of a bid it is easy to forget about the buyers premium.

When you see the words "buyer beware" this is when you really need to pay attention at auctions. Cars are usually sold as is and have no warranty and once you buy the deal is final unless you happen to get a fraudulent title. Sellers can make all kind of promises when they are not on paper. Without a written and signed paper from them, it is your word against theirs.

The majority of car sellers will not have a title and they will always say that the title is in transit. I once knew someone who waited four months for a title because the people kept jerking him around. Always make sure that you do not get caught up in a bidding war and end up paying way too much for the car. Do not ever forget that you will also have to pay a buyers premium.

There are a lot of places you can find auto auctions on-line and there are a lot of vehicles that you can get for a cheap price if you just use your head and remain calm and make sure to always keep a clear head and do not rush into things. If you rush into things this could result in you possibly getting a lemon.

Remember that when you are buying a car on-line you can not inspect it by no means unless the car is being sold at a local auction. Now if you get an auction that is out of state then you cant look at the car at all until after you go and get it and then you might realize that it is not worth the price you paid for it by far,

There are many auctions which offer cars at whole sale prices and these are for dealers. If you are a dealer then you most likely know what kind of deals you can get from these and what kind of lemons you also have been burdened with.

One way you can get a car at a whole sale auction is to know a private dealer and you could probably go with them as an assistant or you could possibly tell them what you are looking for before they go and then you could just buy the car from them.

No matter what, always make sure that what you get is going to be worth the money that you pay for it because you do not want to get something that is a piece of crap and end up paying way more for it than what it is worth. - 30815

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What are the Worst Used Cars to Buy?

By Adriana Noton

It was not that long ago that buying a used car meant taking your chances. People would run the risk of purchasing a car with faulty equipment such as a poor engine, alternator, and transmission. Fortunately, there are now many websites and consumer reports that inform people of the best and worst used cars to buy.

In order to help avoid, buying a 'lemon,' the following is a list of the worst used cars to buy:

GMC Canyon 2004 to 2006 models: Used car dealers have been warned to keep away from the 2004 to 2006 models of the GMC Canyon primarily because of issues with the brake lights. Some reports indicate that they fail to come on when the brake is applied or they come on and do not go off even when the brake is no longer engaged.

Chrysler Sebring: Problems noted include: poor reliability, poor cabin quality, poor performance, and problems with the engine, air conditioning and heating systems.

Ford Explorer: Problems noted included: coolant and oil leaks, clanking timing belts, and ticking valves in the 4.6-liter engines.

Volkswagen Passat: The Volkswagen Passat has had a number of issues linked to its used models. These include steering problems, engine and engine cooling issues and problems with the fuel system.

Dodge Intrepid: Problems noted included: engine troubles with the 2000 model, faulty airbags and seatbelts, and electrical problems.

Pontiac Aztek: The Pontiac Aztek is widely acknowledged to be a mistake by GM, and with good reason. Problems with this vehicle include the brake system, issues with the heater and cooling systems, engine problems and electrical trouble. Some car pundits loathe this car because its engine is weak. Some drivers also found it rather ungainly to handle.

BMWs (With automatic transition): These cars are known for their excellent engineering, but not everyone is enthused about the automatic transition BMWs. A car buyer looking at a used BMW however should be aware of certain flaws. The automatic transmission has been found to have problems. In fact, many drivers have found that the automatic transmission is difficult to put into reverse at times. The cost for repairing it makes it an unwise choice for someone who can only afford a used vehicle.

Mazda RX-8: Used car buyers have also reported engine problems with Mazda RX-8.

Kia Sedona: Used car buyers have also reported engine problems with the Kia Sedona. Some consumers have also reportedly experienced rusting of the tailgate of the Sedona.

Cars that made the worst used cars list, among 1999 to 2008 models, listed in alphabetical order:

A - L

Audi A6 Allroad, Audi A8, BMW X5 (V8), Buick Rendezvous (AWD), Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet Colorado (4WD), Chevrolet S-10 (4WD), Chevrolet Uplander, Chevrolet Venture, Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Sebring convertible, Chrysler Town & Country (AWD), Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD), GMC Canyon (4WD), GMC Jimmy, GMC S-15 Sonoma (4WD) Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sedona, and the Land Rover Discovery LR3

M - Z

Mazda RX-8, Oldsmobile Bravada, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Aztek, Pontiac G6 (V6), Pontiac Montana, Montana SV6, Porsche Cayenne, Saturn Relay, Volkswagen Cabrio, Volkswagen Jetta (V6), Volkswagen New Beetle (turbo), Volkswagen Passat (V6, FWD), Volkswagen Touareg, and the Volvo XC90 (6-cyl.)

Today, used cars are less risk because there is more information out here about used cars. Consumer Reports magazine is a popular magazine for getting information about used cars. They compile their report based on driver experiences. There is thousands of information on the internet about used cars. As well, the federal government's vehicle defect notices and J.D. Power and Associates' reliability data makes it easy to trace general mechanical issues with used cars. - 30815

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Who Buys Used Cars?

By Amy Nutt

For most people, cars have become one of life's important necessities. Since the end of the "cash for clunkers" sale, the sales of used cars have increased. The people who buy used cars are diverse and wide ranging.

Car dealers are one group of people who purchase used cars. They will often take these cars as a trade-in when someone buys a new car. Used car dealers are another group of people that are constantly buying used cars. There a number ways used car dealers acquire cars such as they will purchase these cars from individuals looking to get rid of an old car. They can also purchase used cars from online auction sites that includes both domestic and international used cars. They have to have a special license to acquire a used car from overseas. They can acquire used cars from government auctions where cars up for bid are due to criminal activity of the former owner of the car such as a seizure from a drug raid.

Used vehicles are available in all makes, models, and types. They can be SUVs, trucks, two door, four door, sports cars, family cars such as a station wagon, small cars, large cars, various colors and trims, and much more. There are vehicles available to meet everyone's budget and personal preference. These cars have been inspected to ensure safety and they come with all of the important documents such as the registry number. One can even look up the VIN number to get a history of the car. As well, these cars come from leading car manufacturers.

Reasons people buy used cars can are numerous and can include: used cars do not depreciate as much as new cars, one can often can get a good deal on a used car, one can get comfort and safety within their budget, save thousands of dollars by purchasing a used car, buy the model and make that one wants at a good price, less taxes to pay, can get certain warranties although they are more limited than new cars, get a solid vehicle because a dealer wants to maintain a good reputation, and the car insurance will be lower than if one purchased a new car

Although it may seem like you are getting a good deal if you buy from a private seller, you may end up getting a 'lemon.' Buying from a used car dealer may be safer. As well, many used car dealers sell used cars that have just completed a lease. It is important to check the history of the vehicle, if there are any liens on the vehicle, and check the mileage of the car. Take the car for a road test to make sure it is running properly. If you are hesitant, you can get your own mechanic to inspect the car. You can personally check the tires, exterior, and under the hood. Ask about any new parts and how the age of the transmission, alternator, and battery.

There are many benefits to buying a used a car, especially in this troubled economy. Many of today's used vehicles will often last past 100,000 miles and some as high as 200,000 miles when properly maintained. By doing your research and asking the right questions, you can get a great quality used car. - 30815

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Questions to Ask a Used Auto Dealer

By Amy Nutt

During these uneasy economic times, most people are looking for ways to cut back on their expenses. One way of saving money is buying a used car instead of a brand new car. When purchasing a used car from an auto dealer, it is important that you know as much about the car as possible to avoid serious problems with the car after you drive it off the lot.

The following are questions to ask a used auto dealer when searching for a used car:

1. Does the dealer have a copy of the car?s history? Whether new or used, each car for sale includes a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN.) The used car dealer can use the VIN numbers to acquire a report detailing such information as the car?s history of mileage, accidents, service history, and number of owners...etc.

2. Has the used car been inspected and passed the inspection? Before being allowed to go on the road, every car must have passed a safety inspection. You should also be allowed to see the mechanic?s inspection report. If any part of the car has had a repair or parts a replacement, make sure you see a report of what was done to the car.

3. Where did the used car dealer get the car? You should find out who last owned the car. Was it an individual or auction? If it was an auction, make sure you have a mechanic check it over for any problems.

4. Can you take the car for a test drive? It is important that you take the car for a test drive. You will see if the odometer is working properly and the car itself is not making unusual sounds such as a loud muffler or squeaky brakes.

5. Can you have a copy of the CarFax report? It is important for you to see that the vehicle identification number for the matches the VIN on the CarFax report.

6. Does the used car dealer have a return policy? If so, what is it? You never know if there is a problem that is hard to discover such as an internal problem in the engine. It is important that you buy a used car from a dealer with a return policy.

7. Will the used car dealer offer a better deal if you pay cash instead of financing? Many used car dealers will give a discount if one pays cash for the car.

8. Are there new parts in the car? It is important that you know if there are any new parts such as tires or a muffler. You will want to make sure that you are given the warranty documents.

9. Is the used car odometer accurate? You want to make sure the mileage is correct. There may be a shady dealer out there who may reduce the mileage in an effort to sell the car.

10. Does the used car dealership take trade-ins? You can often save money if you trade in a car when purchasing a used car.

Because a used car has a driving history, it is important that you have all of the facts before you make a purchase. It will help you avoid a lot of extra expense or possibly buying a "lemon. - 30815

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Used Cars - When Life Gives You Lemons, Send Them Back

By Geoff McKay

Some people think that buying a used car is a lot of hassle. They think that their money would be better spent on a brand new car, one they can be certain of its history. However, what they fail to realize is even with a new car, there is the probability of existing problems. The trick is not to purchase a new car simply to avoid difficulty, but to do some research to get a perfect purchase experience regardless of your choice.

The first thing to remember when buying used cars is to never trust what the seller says. If you are buying from a dealership, demand to see a vehicle history report. Do NOT trust the car title. Sometimes, during transport, the details of a car title are altered. If you only go by the information on the title, you run the risk of receiving a car that was listed as "totalled" just a little while ago in another location. This is the case of many cars that were sold post-Hurricane Katrina. Dozens of flooded cars made their way north and were resold with clean slates. Meanwhile, corrosion was eating away at their inner workings. This is not to say that all used car dealers are dishonest or that they should be treated as criminals. However, their main goal is to make money and they may not be as thorough as you would be concerning a "new" vehicle.

Before you spend any money on used cars, become familiar with the "lemon" laws in your state. Basically, lemon laws were specially designed for the reselling of cars. They state that, if a purchased car fails to pass an inspection within a certain amount of time, you are entitled to a refund. These laws have been put in place to protect the consumer, but you cannot use them if you are unaware of their benefits and/or purchase a vehicle "as-is".

Another important thing to bear in mind is that the person selling the car might not be the actual owner. When you buy a used car from an individual, be sure to check the registration details of the vehicle before you make any commitments. The last thing you want is to find out that you bought a car which has a list of liens against it. The problem can be avoided by going to a respectable dealership.

Whether you buy a new car or a used car, remember "you get what you pay for". While you should always try to find a great deal, don't jump at the cheapest price. Check the mileage and age of the car against that car's make and model. If it's too old or has done too many miles, let it go. It makes more sense to try to bargain for a reliable car than to purchase a cheapy that will fail when you really need it most. The internet is a great place to search for information. - 30815

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