Unfortunately, you can’t just look at a used vehicle and tell whether it’s a lemon: you have to go through some steps. There are three different types of vehicles that can be called “lemons.”
Category: Used Cars
What are Certified Used Cars?
Generally speaking, certified used cars are: Vehicles that have passed a thorough inspection which makes them eligible for an improved warranty and special financing. Less than five years old with less than 50,000 miles. The certifying authority (usually the dealership) must have made sure that all the maintenance is up-to-date, which means that all the […]
Where Should I Buy a Used Car?
When it comes to buying a used car, there’s more to think about than just the type of car you’re going to buy. You also need to think about where you’re going to buy it. You have three options: you can buy from a private individual, an independent dealer, or a franchise dealer. 1. Private […]
Should You Buy A Used Rental Car?
Used rental cars can be found on just about any car lot in America, and for good reason. They’re an excellent compromise between buying an older used car and buying a brand new vehicle. Used rental cars tend to have fairly low mileage, they’re almost always less than a year old, and they’re thousands of […]
Used Car Financing Basics And Tips
If you’re like most Americans, you’ve decided to arrange financing in order to buy a car. There are lots of different lenders and financing options, but for the most part all used vehicle financing follows the same basic rules: 1. Used Car Financing Rates Are Higher Used vehicle interest rates are higher than new vehicles […]
Luxury Cars: Not So Luxurious When It Comes To Repairs
If you’ve ever considered buying a late-model German luxury car, make sure you do your homework first. Recently we had the opportunity to see what happens when a 2000 Audi A6 has a power steering failure… Our little Audi developed a power steering leak at one of the seals. This type of repair can be […]
Old Luxury Cars: Steer Clear If You Can
Buying an old used car (anything over 10 years) can be risky, but buying an old luxury car can be very risky. In fact, I’ve seen more MAJOR problems with older used luxury vehicles than any other type of vehicle. The moral here is simple — don’t make the mistake of buying a nice older […]
Is That Used Car Reliable? – Five Ways To Find Out
If you’ve found a used car that you think you might want to buy, use these tips to help determine if the car you like is going to be reliable. 1. Complete an Inspection. We can’t emphasize this enough – inspecting a used vehicle is the best way to make sure you don’t buy a […]
Is That Car Reliable? – Research It
You’ve figured out your car budget, you’ve figured out what you need in a car, and now you’ve found a few cars that might work. But how can you tell if the car you’ve found is going to be reliable? Predicting reliability is predicting the future – no one really knows what will happen, but […]
Figure Out Your Budget
So you’ve got an idea of what you want, but how do you figure out your budget? There are a few different ways to do this, but the most important thing to remember is that once you set a budget, you should stick to it. If you take the time to figure out what’s affordable, […]