How to get the most bang for your buck when buying a used car

If you are in the market to buy a used car with a bad credit auto loan, there are a few steps you should take before you make a final decision. Shade Tree Garage, an auto repair shop in Morristown, New Jersey, recently offered buyers a few helpful tips for the selection process.

“Before shopping for a car, it’s important to do some homework,” said John O’Connor, the owner of Shade Tree Garage. “By spending time up front, you may save money in the long run.”

Go online to find out the average resale price of vehicles that you are considering, so you have a base knowledge when you begin discussing costs. You can also find information about the maintenance and repair issues that other owners have encountered, and don’t be afraid to ask for a vehicle’s maintenance records. If a car has had a lot of problems, there’s a chance that it will continue to do so, which could wind up costing you more than just buying a better car to start.

You should always test drive a used car before you buy to make sure that it actually runs.Try to drive on a variety of roadways to get a better idea of how it handles in different environments.

The Department of Motor Vehicles recommends that you check the major systems of a vehicle, such as the brakes, transmission, lights, doors, windows and everything else in between.