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Reputable Auto Brokers Keep It Simple
Auto Buying

2022-06-01
icon/user/avatar/20 Created with Sketch. By Rebekah Bradley

Many people know that buying a used car can be a smart financial decision; yet, the idea of purchasing or selling a used vehicle can be daunting. The realityis these transactions can be both simple and financially prudent. Here are a few tips to make the most of your next used car buying experience. 
Once you have determined your budget, and size and type of vehicle you're pursuing, your next big decision is whether to involve a broker or dealership in the process. Finding a reputable dealer takes research; but I promise they are out there. Start by asking friends and family for recommendations and go online to look up their reviews. I have found that Google and Facebook are the best avenues to see all reviews. Be sure to look at the good, the bad and the ugly. If there are multiple bad reviews, check to see if there are several positive reviews within a week of the bad review. If there are, be cautious. Many companies hire outside firms to keep their online presence positive. Look for consistency and details; this is usually a sign that the reviews are real. Finally, call the broker or dealership, ask questions, and build your own opinion. Once you identify a dealer that you like, talk through your needs list with them. Ask for their recommendations and do some test drives. You may be surprised that their suggestions could lead you to an even better vehicle than you anticipated. If they don't have exactly what you are looking for, ask them if they could find it for you. Explain your time frame, budget, and expectations while understanding theirs, as well. A good dealer will not bother you unnecessarily; but, will check in to let you know the progress and next steps. 
Once you pick the car, ask for an inspection from an outside shop, for any recon that has been done, and a vehicle history report (NMVTIS, AutoCheck, etc.). This will give you a good idea of whether to expect additional expenses. A reputable dealer will have the vehicle inspected and do any recon related to the mechanics and safety of the vehicle. Remember, the cheapest car may not be the best option: condition is the key. A reputable dealer may charge a little more, but there is peace of mind knowing you are getting a quality vehicle. Be aware that all used car sales in Oregon are AS IS; so, find out as much as you can before the sale. 
Now, it's time to make your purchase. Know your options when it comes to financing, cash payments, service contracts, and trade. If you have a good relationship with your bank or credit union, a preapproval may secure a good rate. First­time buyers may qualify for financing programs. As far as warranties and service plans go, it all depends on the vehicle. It's good to know the recommended maintenance for your new vehicle so you can weigh any long term maintenance options. When deciding whether to trade, it is important to ask the dealer about the value of your trade. If you think the trade value is too low, you can consign your vehicle or arrange a private sale. If your dealer has a consignment program, you may leave the car with them and the will sell it for you. 1 n most cases YOU will get around private party value with this option. Many satisfied car owners have found that when buying from a reputable dealer, they discovered a great car, perfect for their needs that will last them for years to come. (Written December 2019- Parish Neighbors of Cedar Mill Magazine)

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