10 STEPS TO BUYING A USED CAR
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Decide What You Want to Spend, and Can Spend
Decide Whether You Need a Car, SUV, Truck, Etc.
Take the Opportunity to Look Up the Value of A Car
Ask the Dealer Questions
All used car dealers in Oklahoma give the purchaser a 30 day temporary tag and the title that day, if they pay with CASH. If the customer pays the dealer with a check, most banks take a full 10 work days, not counting holidays or week-ends, to make sure the check clears.
Always feel free to contact Uncle Sam's Cars Etc. anytime in order for them to answer your questions.
Write Down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which is a 17-digit code usually located on the top of the instrument panel or at the base of the windshield. It will also be on a sticker on the driver's-side door pillar, and in several other places around the vehicle.
Take A Closer Look at the Vehicle
A physical assessment of the vehicle is absolutely paramount before the purchase. Take your time and be thorough with your examination.
Have Money in Your Pocket to Test Drive
It looks good and sounds fine, so now it's time for the all-important test drive. This gives you the opportunity to gauge a vehicle's driving characteristics and also minimizes the chance of future buyer's remorse.
Is the seat too hard or too soft? Does it hold you firmly with good lateral and thigh support?
Is the steering wheel too high or too close to the instrument panel? When adjusted to a comfortable position, does it cut off your view of any or all of the gauges? Look at the layout of the radio and heater controls. Can they be easily adjusted without taking your eyes of the road?
Cars with ABS (antilock brakes) will have a slight pulsating action in the pedal when the brake is applied with great force (panic stops, for example). Cars without ABS should not have pulsating brake pedals under any circumstances. The car should also continue in a straight line when the brakes are applied. If the car pulls noticeably to the left or right, it could indicate a problem with the front brake calipers or pads, some other area of the brakes, the suspension or steering gear.
Bring Your Mechanic with You
If the car fails on any of these points, have a mechanic come with you to evaluate repairs. It is then your call whether you want to walk away or negotiate the price based on the repair estimate.
Finally, whatever you do, get everything IN WRITING. This means if you settle with a private party, write up a contract stating what you are paying for the vehicle and under what terms it is to be delivered.
All You Need is a Picture I.D.
Get the Best Price
What can be negotiated is between you and the dealer and you never know what you can get until you ask.
And, here is one final point regarding negotiation that nearly every customer misunderstands, particularly men (who too often turn the process into a contest), but which is universally understood by every good car salesperson: He who talks the least is controlling the negotiation, he who talks first loses.
With that, good luck, good shopping and good driving.
All a customer needs to purchase a used vehicle from Uncle Sam's Cars Etc. is to be at least 18 years of age or older and a Picture I.D.
We do NOT need to see proof of insurance or a driver's license.
Identify Your Transportation Needs.
Ask yourself these questions:
Check auto buying guides, the Internet and other sources to find out the price range and other information for the vehicle you want to buy.
Also, check around town at all the other used car dealer's and compare their prices. Usually the dealer's that offer financing are 30-40% more expensive than the dealer's who do not. Look into that.
It takes no longer than 20 minutes or less to sell your car to Uncle Sam's Cars Etc. We will appraise your vehicle for the highest possible cash value. We do NOT write checks or give you a money order, we pay you in cash that same day!