While shopping used cars for sale in Ghana, every buyer hopes to find the lowest price on a vehicle that’s unlikely to break down or develop service problems too quickly. This is a delicate balance, but here are five steps you can follow to get the best deal.Decide on make and model(s)
It’s true that you can come across a great deal on an unfamiliar vehicle, but it’s also true (and more likely) that you can run into unforeseen problems buying vehicles that you haven’t researched. Before you can answer questions like whether you want a truck, car, or SUV, a Kantanka or Toyota, you need to ask: what are the five most important things to you and your family?
Do you need a fuel-efficient vehicle, so you don’t have to constantly find a gas station? Do you need power for hauling heavy items? Do you need third row seating for a large family? Once you decide what features are most important to you, start looking for the makes and models that will deliver everything you need.Search forums and reviews
Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices, go online to find out what people are saying about these vehicles. You can search forums, social media posts, and formal reviews by organizations like Jalopnik or JD Powers to find out what common issues may affect the vehicle you plan to buy. Check if the model you like has been included in any recalls or lawsuits as well.
Play the numbers game
Next, you want to determine the resale value curve. This is a measure of how quickly a new vehicle loses market value after being driven off the lot. You need to consider differing mileage and the general condition of multiple vehicles, but search the last six years of your model of interest to find out how quickly it loses value over time.
This does two important things. First, it indirectly tells you about the quality of the vehicle. Second, it gives you an accurate feel for the true value of the next used car you see, so that you’ll be sure you’re getting the best deal.Search the VIN
There are several different sites for you to check the VIN on a used vehicle before buying, including Autocheck and Carfax. The VIN check can tell you if the vehicle was in an accident or natural disaster, if there is an open recall against the vehicle, and several other things which can inform your decision to buy and even help you negotiate a lower price.
Salvaged titles are not always due to damage, but can sometimes simply indicate a vehicle had been stolen and an insurance claim was paid.Have a backup for negotiation
It helps to have a bonafide back up option before you go to negotiate on your primary car of interest. As you negotiate with the salesperson, you can list features included on other vehicles that might be missing from the one at hand.
Once you’ve taken the time to understand the resale value curve, you can easily point out when a used vehicle is overpriced, and you can back up your claim with examples.
Being well informed is one of the most important ways to save money on a used car purchase. Use the wealth of information available online to become educated about your favorite make and model, and you may even end up teaching your car salesperson something new in the process.