We all want to get a great deal on the next car we buy, whether the vehicle is new or used. But how can you be sure that you’ve gotten the best possible deal? Believe it or not, there are some telltale signs that you can look for to tell you whether or not a vehicle you have your eye on is worth snatching up. Some of the signs are financial, others concern the mechanics of the vehicle, and some signs involve human nature and the sales staff where you purchase your next car, truck, van or sport utility vehicle (SUV). Make sure to look for these signs the next time you go car shopping.
10. Less Than 4 Years Old
As a general rule of thumb, you want to avoid buying a vehicle that is more than four years old or more. However, if a car you have your eye on is three years old or less, chances are it is worth considering. This is because cars that are less than four years old are usually still sound mechanically, and, in most cases, do not have a lot of miles on them. In other good news, the cost for a car that is one, two or three years old has likely come down significantly, compared to if you bought the vehicle brand new. You can probably expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 less for a car that is a few years old, even though it is still likely to be in tip-top shape. However, once a car is four or five years old, it begins to degrade faster, and mechanical problems are more likely to occur. Therefore, buying a vehicle before it gets to that point is advisable.