Using the Power of Networking to Find Your Next Car

January 19, 2012

Some years back I was looking for a cheap used car that I could use for my daily commute to work.

I was looking for a fuel efficient car that could reliably take me from point A to B.

Searching through the web provided me with a couple of good leads but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the prices.

So I went out to visit used car dealerships in my neighborhood and found lots of nice cars but the prices were still too high for me.

One day after talking with my co-worker I found out that he was interested in trading in his 1993 Ford Escort. It was a four door sedan with automatic transmission and a boatload of miles. The body wasn’t in the best shape but mechanically the car seemed to have been well maintained.

I took it out for a test drive and immediately knew I wanted to buy it. After a little negotiation I managed to bring the price down to five hundred dollars.

The car wasn’t perfect but it did provide me with cheap and reliable transportation. Not a bad deal for five hundred bucks.

People often land job interviews by networking with friends and former co-workers. The same can be applied when searching for used cars.

Reach out to your friends and family and let them know you’re looking for a car. You’d be surprised at how many people want to sell their car or have a friend who does.

The main advantage of buying from a person you personally know is you can get an honest opinion of the car’s condition. You can usually get a good deal also.

My co-worker gave me the full history of the Ford Escort, from the parts that were recently changed to the parts that were still original. He was asking 800 dollars for the car but I managed to haggle the price a little. Though the car did need a little fixing it ended up giving me three years of reliable service.

I guess the only bad part about buying from a friend or relative is when the car needs a major repair. The only major repair I had with the Escort was when the front wheel bearing went bad. The noise from the wheels was so loud that I had to fix it. My co-worker seemed to feel a little awkward when I brought it up. Maybe I should have kept it to myself.

But I have no regrets about buying the Escort and it’s one of the best used car purchases I have ever made. When I buy my next car you can be sure I’ll be asking my friends and family first.

Let’s hear your story. Did you ever buy a car from a person you knew and how did the deal go?

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Simone March 11, 2012 at 10:35 pm

best advice don’t walk away from this car-RUN- it snodus like the owner is pressuring you to buy before your trusted mechanic can have a look at it. mabey its ok and minor but i doubt it and if the owner is going to throw in a free tire to make the sale he wants it gone real bad.. as far as mileage goes these engines will last if timing belt and other major services were preformed at proper intervals if just oil changes were done this is not enough and car is to be avoided as the father of a college student i can’t afford my child to be driving junk, so you will have to pay a little more than 800 to find anything reliable and that passes a state or private inspection. good luck and don’t settle on the first thing you see in your price range and forget book value on these priced cars [ typicaly you either get a ugly car that runs or a pretty face with lots of trouble and very little in between]

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jurbo June 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

When buying a car think of a pair of shoes do they fit,do they look good,will they last for the time being spent.Everyone likes shoes, why buy used shoes when they can be new.I never bought used shoes so I can’t tell you how that works.Best advice ever.

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