Car Advice

All You Need to Know About Cars

Most people do rent a car when visiting Ireland, but it really depends on the duration of your trip, how much you know about cars, and a number of other factors to help you decide if its better to rent or buy. We will show here some of the things to watch out for when buying a used car.

If you’re shopping for a used car, there are some steps that you should do before you start going to the dealerships or calling about cars in the personal ads. Taking these steps in advance will help you to make the best purchasing decision, and avoid many of the pitfalls that people stumble into while shopping for used cars. Here are some steps to buying your next car.

Research Car Models

Although this seems obvious, it would surprise you how many people buy a car without weighing their needs first. They visit a car lot and buy the car with the shiniest paint or the coolest options. Start by determining what your intended needs are, and then start researching online to decide with models best meet those needs. Don’t allow yourself to be side-tracked into other models that in reality won’t serve your best interests.

Investigate The Car’s History

There are several places online where you can run a history report on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN Number) of the vehicle that you’d like to buy. You can learn all kinds of things, such as how many owners the car has had and if it’s ever been in an accident. Body shops can do wonders to make a car look as good as new, but all those cosmetic repairs could hide underlying problems.

Obtaining Financing

If you’re aren’t fortunate enough to have enough cash in savings to purchase your car, you’ll have to obtain financing. Most banks won’t provide financing on cars older than 5 years, so knowing this can help you to avoid wasted time looking at older models. Check with your bank or online services like Armagh Used Cars Northern Ireland – see the Used Cars Armagh FB page – to be sure. You’ll likely have to pay at least 2% higher APR when purchasing a used car rather than a new one, but this can be offset by using a lender that specialises in financing used cars. Also consider improving your credit score prior to purchasing, to get the best interest rate.

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a used car, don’t rush out intending to make a purchase immediately. Slow down and follow these steps to make sure that you won’t regret your purchasing decision. Remember the old saying caveat emptor or buyer beware.