Buying a car is always a fun, exciting, and stressful experience, and buying a used car is a great way to save a ton of money. Sometimes you stumble upon a gem, but other times you might end up with a lemon. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure your new used car is not a lemon.
First thing that you want to do is when you finally decide on what car you want it is wise to check the forums for that vehicle to see what problems the owners of these vehicles are reporting. There are also websites like carcomplaints.com that will show you a list of the most common issues reported to the site by owners.
Second, if you dont know a lot about cars, bring a friend along with you that does, so that maybe they can notice some problems with the vehicle you are looking at. If you do not have any friends who are mechanics you can usually have the seller take the car to a mechanic and have it checked. These types of check ups usually cost around $150, but they will save you from repairs or give you a peace of mind when you drive your car home.
Third is make sure the owner of the vehicle has taken car of the car. Check and make sure the car is clean, has a service record, or check to see if the car has ever been in a wreck. you can check to see if a car has had an accident my opening the trunk or the hood and looking for paint abnormalities along the body of the car.
If you use these three tips you should be able to make a good informed purchase and hopefully enjoy your new ride.