Hannah J. Oct 17, 2016 3 min read Tips and Tricks on Buying Second-Hand Cars Buying a used car is cheaper than buying a brand new car. Why waste money on buying a brand new car when you can get the same in used. Craigslist, in other words, known as a private party, helps us to find second-hand car buyers easily and with the best price. Keep reading and you will become a master of the used car buying and selling process. Finding the Perfect Car The first thing you must do is to find the budget that you willing to work with. If you don’t have enough cash, and you think that you have found the perfect car, you can prefer to take a loan from the bank. Before setting your mind on any car, first take a good look at the Kelly Blue Book because it is a great way of knowing the right price of a car and not get confused. This will help you to get a good idea of how much you must be paying for the car, and you will also get an idea about how much you need to negotiate with the dealer. Useful Tip: There are lots of people that expect to get lowballed, so that is why they prefer to set the price higher than what they would really like to get. However, if you live in a state that requires a SMOG check, then it is important for you to make sure that the seller has a smog certificate included. You need to verify that the smog was completed within 90 days, otherwise, it is not valid for transfer of ownership (CA). You would also have to double check to make sure the registration is current. There often comes a time when people sell their cars for a cheap price only because they cannot smog it due to a check Engine Light, or some other issues. Setting Up for Finding the Perfect Deals When we take a look at the private parties, they navigate to your location’s web page, and then you can click cars and trucks by the owners. It is your own choice on what kind of vehicle you want to have. In the search engine, set the range in the affordable limit like $0. If you ask me, I like to add about 20% to my max limit to allow for cars that can be negotiated within the budget. After you have saved all of your search settings, then refresh your page, you will then see the cars that are for sale in your area. It is important for you to be polite and not waste anyone’s time and keep suggesting good prices so that they can set their minds on a good one. You will find plenty of second-hand used car buyers that are willing to set a good price with you. Also, you might want to keep in mind not to rush into things. If you keep rushing, you will end up doing the wrong thing.