Three Surefire Signs You Shouldn’t Shop with That Used Car Dealer

Author // NPR Car Talk
Posted in // 2015 nissan, Nissan okc, Oklahoma city used cars

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Choosing to buy a used car instead of a brand new model can have a number of big advantages. As the popular online news source The Wall Street Cheat Sheet writes, buying a used car can mean spending a lot less money, getting cheaper insurance rates, and, contrary to popular belief, finding a more reliable vehicle. That’s assuming, of course, you know how to navigate the often choppy waters of used car shopping.

By and large, used car dealerships are looking to form a mutually beneficial relationship. They want to sell you a great car, and they want to be able to make some money. Unfortunately, not every dealer is interested in helping you gain the benefits of that relationship. Protect yourself from these unsavory types by learning to spot these red flags of used car shopping.

Three Bright Red Flags That Should Put You Off Used Car Shopping

  1. “As is” Stickers Are a Bad Sign
  2. As written on the auto blog AOL Autos, you should keep an eye open for any pre owned vehicle with an “as is” sticker. Buying “as is” can be fine, if you go into the situation knowing you’re probably getting a fixer-upper; however, it’s too often the case that used car dealers will tell you the car is perfectly fine while still selling it as is. If the car is in great shape, why won’t they include a customary warranty?

  3. The Vehicle Doesn’t Come with a Service History
  4. Anyone who has ever tried to sell their car knows how important it is to include any and all documents proving the vehicle has been serviced over the years. U.S. News and World Report rightly suggests that reputable used car dealers make an effort to do the same. If you’re used car shopping and you want to buy a car without any recorded history, walk away from the sale. You have no way of knowing what sort of financial quagmire you’re walking into.

  5. Be Wary of Unusual Payment Requests
  6. When it comes to used car shopping, you should be able to pay through financing or through cash. As BankRate.com points out, if a dealership only takes cash or wire transfers, you really need to ask yourself why. These type of payment methods are more common in private sales, but unfortunately, when it comes to supposedly established dealers, being made to pay in cash or by wire transfer is a sign you’re getting scammed.

Do you run a used car dealership? What would you say are some of the things consumers should be on the lookout for when shopping for pre owned cars? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Good references here: hudiburgnissan.com

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