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Searching for a Car
by Paul

Our family car has served us well over the past 11 years.  While the odometer reads now 300 000 km, this car was used when I bought it with only 30 000 km.  My family and I had decided that it’s time to consider replacing this aging yet faithful vehicle with a newer model, one that would carry us over for at least the next ten years.
Our dilemma was whether to buy now a new or used car.  There are advantages and disadvantages to consider.  A new car is quite expensive, yet it typically includes the car factory warranty to cover many costly repairs for the first few years.  The market value of a new car drops off quickly soon after the vehicle is purchased.  Although a used car is less expensive, it does not include the factory warranty.  The used car owner will be paying for all repairs.  As for the cost of automobile insurance, the monthly insurance premiums are lower for an older vehicle.  In considering the pros and cons of buying a replacement new or used car, we decided to search for a suitable used vehicle.
There are several available sources which list and/or display new and used cars for sale.  One can begin looking at cars advertised for sale in newspapers.  There are also websites on the Internet which specialize in listing cars for sale.  Furthermore, one can simply visit local car dealers.  It’s best to try each of these sources, as each has its own particular advantages.  For example, when visiting a local car dealer, you can examine firsthand the available vehicles and then immediately test-drive the car you like and consider suitable.
Searching for and looking at used cars is an interesting experience.  One quickly learns how automobile prices are set and the buying process.  Prices are determined by factors such as the age of the car, the kilometre reading on the odometer, and the included options.  Options are the non-standard accessories such as air-conditioning, cruise-control, and power-windows.  Typically, the cost of the car rises if it’s newer, with only a few kilometres, and with options.  It’s important to check if the car had been involved in any collisions because a car’s history should be reflected in the price.
The final steps of the buying process begin once you choose the suitable vehicle you wish to own.  If you believe that the car is overpriced then don’t hesitate to negotiate with the seller for a lower cost.  It is generally a good idea to request a mechanical inspection of the used car as a condition of purchase.  A thorough inspection by a licensed professional may not only identify issues with the car which the seller is unaware of, but also confirm the positive aspects of the vehicle.  Once you and the seller agree on the price and once all the conditions of sale are met, the buyer pays for the vehicle and gains ownership.
After three months of searching for a suitable used car including test-driving at least a dozen different vehicles, we decided to stop this pursuit.  Our aging family car still drives well and it’s quite fuel-efficient, so there isn’t any hurry to replace it.

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(July 28, 2013)

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