Mythbusting: Used Cars

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Between private sellers and dealerships, finding a reliable used vehicle is no easy task. So to help you navigate the used car marketplace, we’ve debunked a few of the biggest myths about buying pre-owned vehicles.
 
Myth #1: All extended warranties are scams.
According to TodayForward, the average cost of a new car is more than $25,600. When you’re making that big of an investment, you should want to protect it. While extended warranties can be pricey, the amount you pay for repairs later on may end up being much more.
 
Myth #2: Vehicle history reports are good indicators of the true condition of the vehicle.
While vehicle history reports show who owned the vehicle, they do not show the quality of any repairs or any accidents in which the vehicle was involved. Again, have the vehicle inspected before you buy it, and be sure to ask the seller to show you receipts for all repairs performed on the vehicle, in addition to the vehicle history report.
 
Myth #3: The Kelley Blue Book Value is the actual value of the vehicle.
A vehicle’s value listed on KBB is simply an estimate of the value of the vehicle in good condition. This value does not account for any accidents in which the vehicle was involved or any repairs that the vehicle needs. A pre-inspection by an ASE Certified Master Technician will reveal the true condition of the car and help you determine the true value of the vehicle.
 
Myth #4: You should not mention your trade-in to the seller until you’ve negotiated the final price of the car you’re buying.
While this may sound like a good strategy, this common practice is known at dealerships as “parachuting the trade.” The truth is that it is in the seller’s best interested to give you the best price, and withholding information is just wasting everyone’s time. The sooner the seller can inspect your trade-in vehicle, the quicker the buying process will go.
 
When you work with AAA Auto Buying, you don’t have to worry about having a pre-inspection performed on any vehicle you’re considering purchasing. All of their used vehicles are inspected by an ASE Certified Master Technician to ensure the highest quality and performance.
 
At AAA Auto Buying, our friendly sales specialists have the expertise to find you the exact vehicle you’re looking for, without the hassle. 

 

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