Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - June 2013

 

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Are you in the market to buy a “new to you vehicle”.  This can be a very daunting experience and it can also be fun.  It really depends what you make of it.  I personally have only ever owned one new vehicle in my life and that was a 1995 Acura Integra.  (I’ve owned 7 vehicles in total)  Although I love the smell of a new car, the benefits of buying a previously owned vehicle are greater, so that is usually the route I take.  Take a moment to read a few of the tips I wanted to share with you when buying a “new to you vehicle”.  The car care clinic season is winding up but be sure to check back in late August to see what clinics have been booked for September/October. 

I also wanted to wish everyone a Happy Canada Day and be safe in what ever you are doing!

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Canada Day was also known as Dominion Day.  July 1, 1867 marks the day the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada (Ontario and Quebec) joined and became a kingdom in its own right.

This month's topic: Buying a “new to you vehicle” otherwise known as  “used car”.

One of the big advantages of buying a “previously owned” vehicle is the amount of money you will save versus what you would pay it if was brand new.  I used to drive an Audi TT.  I bought it when it was two years old.  I would never have been able to afford it from brand new.  This is the biggest reason I buy “used” cars.  I can drive a nicer car and not have the big price tag of “brand new”.

If you are in the market for a “new to you” vehicle here are some tips to helping you make it a successful experience.

  1. 1. Come up with a budget of what you can reasonably afford.  Many of us want a Ferrari but the reality is we really can’t afford it.
  2. 2. Determine what type of vehicle you will need to suit your lifestyle.  If you are constantly full of “stuff” a little two seater might not do the trick.  Come up with a short list of vehicles that would fit your needs.
  3. 3. Research the vehicles you’ve short-listed.  You can look at sites such as Consumer Reports and Lemon Aid.  These are good sites since they look at the long-term issues of owning these vehicles.  You could also ask your local Active Green and Ross service advisor is they see some vehicles with more issues than others.
  4. 4. Once you’ve come up with your short list of vehicles start looking to see what’s available.  You can go to both car dealers and use online sites such as Kijiji and Auto Trader.
  5. 5. Take some vehicles for a test drive.  Every vehicle you drive will “talk” to you.  Some you will love and others you will not.
  6. 6. Once you’ve decided on a vehicle you would really like to buy be sure to get the VIN number and do a Car Proof.  Some dealers will provide this already.  However, if you are buying from an individual you may have to do the Car Proof yourself.  A Car Proof will tell you if this vehicle has been in any accidents in both Canada and the US.
  7. 7. Take the vehicle you want to purchase to your local Active Green and Ross to have an inspection performed.  A few dollars upfront could save you thousands down the road on a vehicle that has been poorly maintained.  For example, it could need brakes, it might need a timing belt or perhaps the tires are worn out.  All of these things can certainly hurt the pocket book.  Or you could use this in your negotiation.
  8. 8. Always be prepared to negotiate!  You never know if you don’t ask!

Once you’ve bought your “new to you” vehicle, enjoy it by taking good care of it and have regular maintenance on it, so it will last you a long time.  A vehicle is a big investment.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!

 

 

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