Looking for the best way to buy a new car? You can check out the online classifieds section of your local newspaper. Yes, those are free. For one thing though, it is often a struggle to get the information you need there, but it can be done. Plus, you can have all of the cars shown in great detail so you can make the best choice possible.
But, even if you know where and how to go about this, you’ll still have some decisions to make. For one, what kind of car do you want? It may seem obvious, but it still amazes me how many people don’t know this important information. And even if they do, they simply overlook it. Once the decision is made, however, the rest is pretty much an easy process. So, here are your top 5 tips for buying a car with a Government Auction.
The first thing you need to do is choose a vehicle you like. This will narrow down your choices quite a bit. Then, take a look at the price range of that particular model. You can usually find this by looking at the classified ads section of your local newspaper. It will list the starting bid price and the estimated retail price for that particular car.
Once you have chosen the car you like, check the price range. If you are willing to spend more, that’s fine but don’t go overboard. Ideally, you’d like to pay as close to the retail value of the car as you can. (It’s also okay to look at the suggested price in the classified ad and add ten dollars to that to get an idea of what you might expect to pay if you bought the car from the dealer.) After you’ve found the median price, you can start looking at the other details.
You should definitely take a test drive. Even if you plan on keeping the car for a short amount of time, it is still a good idea to drive it around town to make sure it runs well. Make sure there aren’t any strange quirks or problems. Also, it’s a good idea to keep a personal journal of your test drives so you can look back on them later to see how you liked the car. A car that you aren’t familiar with can be a big turn off, so feel free to ask questions.
Finally, once you’ve had your test drive, don’t be shy about taking it for a spin. Give it a few stops in a shopping center parking lot, on the freeway, in your driveway… anywhere really. Be sure to take a friend along too, who will be able to tell you if anything feels a little wobbly. And don’t be afraid to haggle the price either – you’re after a good deal, so feel free to ask for a bit more or less than you’re initially offered.