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Buying a New Car, The Pros and Cons

Buying a New Car

There are many pros and cons to buying a new car. Below, I attempt to outline some of the most important factors to consider before you decide which car is best for you.

NEW-CAR DEPRECIATION

Depreciation is the value cars loose after you drive them off the lot, different cars depreciate at different values. Some cars have a high depreciation rate, and some have a low depreciation.

Potential new car buyers research the depreciation schedule of the car you are interested in.

Depreciation will not affect you much if you plan to keep a car for several years, and you will eventually get the value for your car. But if you change cars in a few years you will be affected and may even lose money.

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In the past, if a new car was in an accident you could lose money due to the difference in what you owe versus the depreciated value, this happens if you don’t put down a large down payment.

Now, there is something called gap insurance, that you can purchase when you buy your new car and put down a low-or-no down payment. Gap 
insurance doesn’t always work, but it sometimes helps.

There are many ways you can research the depreciation of the car you are interested in, by searching the many car analysis websites, before you decide on a car.

According to Edmunds, one on the many car analysis websites, on average a new car loses 11% of its value the minute you drive it off the lot.

During the first 5 years, the average car depreciates by 15%-25%. After five years the average car is worth 37% of what you paid for it at the dealership.

THE MOST EXPENSIVE WAY TO BUY

A new car is the most expensive way to buy a car when you consider the price of the car is at the top, and you must pay new car warranty service.

Insurance is the most expensive due to the loan value and replacement cost, and car registration or taxes are at its highest.

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FIRST YEAR WARRANTY SERVICE

New cars have a warranty for the first year, and most have additional warranties for major items that go on for 5 to 10 years. To keep your first-year warranty active, you must get warranty inspections, usually about every 3 – 6 months. 

Maintenance schedules vary according to make, model, and car manufacturer, your dealer will give you the maintenance schedule.

A major area many inexperienced new car buyers forget to include in their budget is the cost of the new car warranty service.

Get this information from the car dealer, before you decide on your car. Some new cars have a hefty new car warranty service.

The cost of the new car warranty service is what causes financial problems for many inexperienced persons.

Find out what the new car service cost before you purchase a new car. It is required to keep your first-year warranty in effect.

RECALLS OR LEMONS

There are those who think if they buy a new car, they will have the perfect car with no problems. That is not true. Pay attention to the recalls on new or near new cars.

You can research the recall schedule for the car you are interested in. One person, I talk to about car recalls told me he was forced to park his near new car because he kept getting recall notices.

He got a total of 37 recalls by the time I talked to him and simply did not have the time to take the car to the dealer at that time.

If these recall issues are not resolved, it can cost thousands of dollars in repairs down the line if the car is passed on to someone who does not check for the recalls.

It may also make the car unsafe to drive if the recalls are not addressed.

LOW MAINTENANCE VERSUS HIGH MAINTENANCE CARS

Low maintenance cars have two advantages. One, they don’t take a lot of your time. Two, they don’t take a lot of your money. Constant unexpected major car repairs are a large part of budget busting.

You can look up car maintenance history on cars at all the car analysis sites. New cars with high maintenance schedule should be avoided, this is another hidden cost.

During the car note period and after the warranty period, a high car maintenance bill could cause you to park it until you have maintenance money.

A low maintenance car is a more affordable option. Some cars have a high repair rate as near new cars and some have low repair rates as used cars.

If the potential owner maintains a regular maintenance schedule, with regular oil changes and tune-ups, and when something goes wrong it will be taken care of early.

Long Term Performance

Some cars last for several years without major problems some only last a few years. Check out the long-term performance of your car to see if you have a high maintenance car that requires a lot of repairs as a used car.

New Car Research

There are websites all over the internet where you can research new cars for cost, depreciation, new car repairs, warranty cost and just about anything else you need to know.

The following come to mind – Edmunds, consumer reports, Carfax, Kelly blue book (kbb), and many more. The important thing is that you do your research before you buy the car.

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How to Buy a Car From a Private Owner

BUY A CAR FROM A PRIVATE OWNER 

HERE ARE 3 OF THE MOST USUAL WAYS CAR BUYERS BUY A CAR FROM A PRIVATE OWNER

The main things a buyer needs to look for is legal ownership, that the car has DMV registration, and a car that has no outstanding recalls or major mechanical problems.

If the car has major problems the seller should disclose all problems with the car, so the asking price will be based on the true value of the car.

Just as I have recommended before it is important to get the VIN# and license plate of the car. The first research with these items should be with your local department of motor vehicles – they will verify the legal ownership and registration of the car.

You can follow up your research with the online services that give you information about the car via the VIN# and license number.

Here are 3 of the most common ways to buy a car from a private owner:

  1. BUYING FROM A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER, NEIGHBOR, OR FRIEND

The best opportunity is when you buy a car from a person you are close to because you are more likely to be familiar with the functions and mechanics of the car.

Also, a family member or close friend will be more likely to let you know what the true status of the car is. Even if you know the person well, it is still important to verify the status of the car–it’s ownership and legal status.

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  1. BUYING FROM A NEWSPAPER AD

This is a little more complex way to buy a car from a private owner who you are not familiar with. The verification process is crucial in this situation.

It is rare but, there are those who sell cars that don’t belong to them. They use false identification and sell stolen cars that have not yet been reported, or through some other process.

Because of the many ways strangers can sell illicit cars, it is important to take your time and go through a verification process. Start with asking for a driver’s license and car registration that match, before you look at the car. Make sure the car is insured before you test drive it.

  1. BUYING FROM SIGNAGE ON A PARKED CAR

Some cars are left on the side of the road by their owners with signs “for sale”. Those that are parked in the driveway of the owner’s home is the best bet because you have their address, if it matches the registration, it is most likely their car.

If it is parked on the side of the road, it may or may not belong to the seller. So, be cautious and go through the verification process.

Make sure you 1. See the seller’s driver’s license, 2. See the car registration, 3. Take the VIN#, 4. The license plate number on the car – all this should be taken to the DMV and other verification websites. Of course, again, make sure the car is insured before test driving it.

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Buying a car from a private owner can be tricky, some have been found to be stolen, and some are simply bad cars. Remember to always get these cars checked out by a mobile mechanic.

And, make sure the VIN#, which appears in the lower corner of the front windshield always matches the car description.

From the VIN#, you can also get the history of the car such as reported car accidents, totaled out cars that are patched, flooded cars and history of owners.
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How to Buy a Car From a Used Car Lot For Women

Buy a Car From a Used Car Lot

If you must buy a car from a used car lot, here are some helpful suggestions to protect your safety and your finances.

1. RESEARCH CARS THAT PERFORM WELL AS USED CARS

Before you think you can buy a car from a used car lot, especially if it is five or more years old, do a search for a similar make, model and year online. Find out 1. what buyers and dealers are asking for that make and model with x number of miles on the car, 2. What is the maintenance history of the car from frequent breakdowns to cost,  3. How long does this type of car last without major problems?

With this knowledge, you won’t be inclined to overpay for a car on a used car lot, since you know the maximum you should be charged. Used car dealers get their cars from various sources, 1. Some are from car auctions where cars are rejected by new car dealers, who take used cars as trade in’s for new cars. 2. Some cars are purchased directly from sellers, 3. Some cars are obtained illegally – this is where VIN# and license plates are important to investigate.

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2. SHOW ME THE CARFAX AND DMV REPORT

If the used car dealer tells you that you don’t need a Carfax, DMV or other reports with your car, go elsewhere. The Carfax report, as well as other reports, can tell you if you are looking at a bad car. I consider it a bad car if it has been in an accident–and was considered totaled, or a  flood, or has an excessive number of owners, or if it has a questionable title.

Make sure you take a picture of the VIN# with your cell phone ( it is on the lower windshield), then you can go home and get your own Carfax report and check with the DMV that the car has not been reported stolen or severely damaged. Periodically stolen cars find their way onto used car lots.

3. DON’T BUY A USED CAR FROM A USED CAR LOT UNTIL YOUR MECHANIC CHECKS IT OUT

This sounds like a lot of trouble, but it can save you a lifetime of pain and financial loss. There are mobile mechanics you can pay to meet you at a car lot and look at the car you are interested in. Make sure that mechanic goes over the car thoroughly. If it is in bad shape, listen to the mechanic. Some dishonest used car lots sell badly damaged cars that look ok on the outside.

Some used car lots sell certified used, with an expensive warranty, but they are known for not certifying their cars. Have your own mechanic certify the car before you think about buying it, if your mechanic says the car is ok to purchase, consider putting the certification money in the bank, so you can fix it as needed.

The when you buy a car from a used car lot and get and purchase a warranty, a certified warranty can cost as much as $2000 or more.


4. IF THE CAR YOU ARE INTERESTED IN IS LESS THAN 5 YEARS OLD

See if a car less than 5 years old has the original manufacturer’s warranty with it. Many cars are sold with a 5 year or 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on the powertrain. The original manufacturer’s warranty could be voided for many reasons, including if the original owner did not take the car in for warranty servicing during the first year or if the car was in a bad accident or flood.


5. Women, Please Take a Man With You

Ladies, don’t go it alone. I was told growing up not to purchase a car alone. Especially a used car because, unfortunately, there are still far more men who study car maintenance than women. Many men will know immediately when a car is started if there are serious problems. If not after starting the car, they can see if there are things under the hood that signal major problems.

With this said, please take a Dad, a brother, a best male friend, a boyfriend or husband when you feel that you have to buy a car from a used car lot. Unfortunately, I have a few very sad stories of women who went to buy a car at a used car lot alone and the results were disastrous.

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6. IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO CHECK ON A USED CAR

The VIN# tells a lot about a car. You need it to verify that the car is in sellable and buyable condition with the car report services such as carfax.com, Kelly Blue Book, or kbb.com and your state, DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). The next most important number is the license plate.

These numbers will tell you if the car is registered to the current owner which should be the used car dealer. I know a few people who found out their car was not registered to their used car dealer after an accident or ticket.

They found out the 30-day temporary registration was never valid, and they never got their “pink slip” or legal ownership paper. If you don’t get a “legal registration” in 40 days, contact the car dealership, then the DMV.

The car should be registered the same day you purchase it at the dealership if it is a legitimate dealership. There was a recent news story where people had new – used cars confiscated from their driveways, the VIN# on their cars were traced to a stolen car ring, but each of the individuals purchased their car from, what they thought, was an honest used car dealership.

Don’t be in a hurry to buy a car from a used car lot, take your time, check it out.

Every used car is required to have a “Buyers Guide” affixed to the car window, it gives information such as a no dealer warranty, or dealer warranty. Read the “Buyers Guide” sticker on the window carefully, when it says “as-is” that is what they mean, as the car may not run after you leave the lot, but you do have 3 days to rescind your contract, so get the car inspected quickly.

Far too many people never read the sticker on the window called the “Buyer’s Guide”, and pay for their negligence later.

When you buy a car from a used car lot the process is very serious. You must know that the car lot has a good reputation and sells good, legal car or you could suffer for years to come with a bad car, a bad loan or both.

Excerpt from the eBook “The Ultimate Guide to Car Buying For Women” by Lois Center-Shabazz

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