Don’t Go Car Shopping Alone

January 30, 2012

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon and you’re out shopping for a cheap used car when you find one that seems perfect for you.

The car’s paint is spotless and the interior smells like new. The engine bay is so clean you could eat off of it. The price is a little over your budget but you don’t mind because this car is a gem.

You focus so much on the exterior that you barely pay attention to the engine and transmission. Your emotion gets the best of you and you’re off in your new used car.

A couple of days later you find the car isn’t as mechanically tight as you thought. You hear weird noises coming from the engine and the transmission begins to slip in second gear. You begin to regret the purchase.

Does this sound familiar to you? It certainly sounds familiar to me.

Back in September of 2000 I bought a 1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 from a private seller for five thousand dollars. The car had roughly 90K miles and the exterior was in pristine condition. I thought I was getting the deal of a lifetime. I quickly signed the papers and off I went with my new used sports car.

A few weeks later the car started to experience problems left and right. Engine coolant started seeping into the cylinders forcing me to rebuild the engine. Then the transfer case blew which locked up all four wheels. There were all kinds of issues with the electrical system. This car should not have been on the market. This car was a nightmare for me to say the least.

The problem is that I went car shopping alone. I was so wrapped up with the clean body and the power of the turbocharged engine that I overlooked the mechanical components of the car.

What I should have done was brought a friend along to be my extra pair of eyes. My friend could have persuaded me to take my time or could have potentially spotted any mechanical issues.

I ended up spending thousands of dollars on top of the five grand I already spent purchasing the car. I might as well have bought a new car.

Car buying is nothing to take lightly no matter how cheap the cost may be. You should learn from my mistake and take a family member or friend along when buying your next car.

Let’s hear your stories. Have you ever rushed into buying a car only to regret it later?

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Muhmmad March 12, 2012 at 5:58 am

You’d be surprised, this is not the case in Asia seitlf. Some Japanese models themselves are fuel consuming, such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Korean Cars, such as Hyundai Accent never hit the top notch before. Malaysian Cars, such as Proton Gen-2 Persona is very fuel consuming and is not problem free (we were scratching our heads trying to get certain things fixed). China products look at the star ratings.Here in Asia, people would rather spend on reliable cars. Toyota, Honda and Daihatsu makes the best cheap cars here in Asia. KeiCars are the most famous here, since it saves fuel and also on parking, with the CC below 1000 and the size of a small city car, and currently leading by Daihatsu.

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