Owning a car is the dream of almost every college going youngster. However, being able to afford it is a different story altogether as cars don’t come cheap and students can’t afford to pay the hefty price. I also wanted to have my own car when I was in my sophomore year and while what I used to earn by working part time at the local pizza delivery might have been enough to buy the gas, I could only dream of owning a car for myself.
My father came up with a solution to my problem when he showed me the classifieds section of our newspaper that had several used cars for sale advertisements. The price on some of these used cars on sale was low enough to send my head spinning. My father cautioned me to take it easy and reminded me that one usually gets just what he pays for.
That weekend, I and my ford car dealer visited several places that had a number of used cars for sale in different makes and available at different prices. We had quite a time as we sifted through a number of used cars for sale. My father explained and showed to me how to go about evaluating a used car for sale so as to be able to determine if the asking price is worth it.
We started with identifying what sellers had a hatchback in their inventory as that was what we had decided that I should buy. Next, we worked out the maximum price that I could afford. We now set out to visit the local used car dealers and check out their used cars on sale.
During the day we had a look at about 18-20 used cars for sale. We narrowed down our choices to 3 of these as they seemed to match our price and quality criteria. We thoroughly checked the exteriors and interiors and the functioning of the engines of these used cars and even took them for a short test drive. We checked the tyres, headlights, brakes, horn, etc. and also checked underneath these used cars to make sure there was no leakage.
We ruled one of these ford used cars because of some shortcomings identified by my father. He now wanted to get an independent and unbiased review of the two cars from an expert mechanic he knew before he made an offer to the seller. They were fine with it and the by next weekend I was the proud owner of my own car!