This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Insurance Hunter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
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!
For some more great tips, be sure to check out Insurance Hunter's blog and website. While you're shopping for another car, you can also use their site to check and compare auto insurance rates.
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