Do you spend a lot of time online? I sure do – that's why when it comes to shopping, I tend to do that online a lot as well. Have you ever considered buying a used car online though? Recently, I read a great blog post from Insurance Hunter about some key considerations you need to keep in mind. Here are my top three tips from that article:
1) Remember that it's really easy to make something look and sound good online so NEVER ever buy a car online sight unseen. There's photo manipulation, word play that implies something less than the truth, and just plain old outright lying! Read those ads carefully and thoroughly with a healthy bit of skepticism! As my daddy always said, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
2) Ask lots of questions and be specific! I once was in the market for a car and called about an ad I had seen online. I told them I wanted a mid-size car – I preferred compact cars but since I have a German Shepherd who travels with me a lot, I needed one step bigger in order to fit her in comfortably. When I went to look at the car, I found that it was one of those HUGE, really long cars from the 1960s. I hadn't asked about year and apparently our idea of "not too big" really differed so my trip out to see that car was a waste of time for both of us.
3) Don't just take the seller's word for it. Have a licensed mechanic check the car out prior to buying it. Oh, and make sure that mechanic is someone YOU find – don't let the seller recommend someone. Been there, done that! I found out later that the mechanic was the seller's brother-in-law and was doing him a favor by neglecting to tell me about some of the major problems with the car!
The most important thing you can keep in mind is this: Looking to buy a used car? Use common sense when shopping online!