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Windy Gives Advice On Buying A Car – Used or New?

 

Dear Windy,

 I find myself in need of some advice on buying a car, either a new or previously owned one. I am not sure which way to go. I have been doing research on the internet and at local car lots. Are there a few things I should take into consideration before heading out into the world of car salesmen, which is not my most favorite thing to do. After all, I am not that knowledgeable about cars and do not want to be taken by a fast talker. Any tips you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Marsha

 

Windy Wiper's Steering ColumnMarsh, Marsha, Marsha!

What a good question. Buying a car can be intimidating but you have come to the right place. I have firsthand knowledge of the dangers on a “used” car lot. Years ago I found myself for sale on just such a lot. I named all of the salesmen “Slick Rick.” One of the Slick Ricks took me off the lot without permission and took his date to the drive-in movie. I will never forget the things I saw that night. It was a bad time in my life, but fortunately I wasn’t there for very long. Buying a new car brings a certain peace of mind because it’s brand new – it comes with a warranty, no hidden problems and is usually in perfect condition. But, a new car depreciates the second it is driven off the lot. A new car will be worth several thousand dollars less before you get it home.

On the other hand, a used car can be a great way to go. I would like to point out again that it’s more polite to use the term “pre-owned.” The term “used” could be taken out of context. Other cars that blow smoke for fun can be so cruel. With a pre-owned vehicle be sure to have it checked with a mechanic prior to purchasing. Although I was a fab find, others may not be as lucky to have been well cared for. Do your homework, consumer reports, Carfax or Kelly Blue Book and don’t be impulsive by buying something just for looks.

I wish you a happy car hunting experience. No matter what you buy, don’t forget to take that ride from drab to fab!! Happy Motoring

 

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