With astronomical fuel prices and the current economic conditions, chances are that, if you're in the market for a car, you might want to buy a used car. Many of us can't see paying the price a new car commands. Besides, with all the talk of hybrids, electric cars and alternative fuels, it seems a bit risky to invest in a new car. Who knows what will be available, two or three years from now? However, buying a used car can be risky, too, especially if you're not mechanically savvy. Jon, from leading car salvage website Salvage Market has compiled our eight best tips for buying a used car in today's market.
1.Buy from a private party. This may take a bit longer, but in the end, this is perhaps the most important tip for buying a used car. Used car dealerships are very good at, forgive the expression, putting lipstick on a pig. A car in poor mechanical condition will be polished within an inch of its life, for that curb appeal. Warranties are often quite limited. Search the classifieds for the make and model you want. Sooner or later, you'll find that one-owner used car that's been well maintained. They are definitely out there. Be patient.
2.Research online at consumer ratings type sites to see if your choice of used car is reliable, with no major mechanical problems, such as brake failures or recall issues. Crash test safety data and airbags vs. just seat belts may be important to you.
3.While this tip for buying a used car might seem to be a no-brainer, many people get locked into a particular car's appearance at the expense of fuel economy. If we're lucky enough (!) to continue buying gas at $4 per gallon, a car that gets 20 miles to …