Thousands of people in Austin Texas will make the decision to purchase a used car this month. Most people who purchase used know that this is one of the easiest ways to save hundreds of dollars each month. In fact, several people have successfully completely eliminated a car payment all together. Believe it or not, there are several vehicles listed on Craigslist Austin for less than $500. While these may not be the best looking or best riding cars, they can certainly do in a bind if you need basic transportation.
If you are one of the thousands of people who will purchase a used car this month, the best defense to battle getting ripped off is to become well versed in the used car buying process. The biggest mistake one could ever make is to buy something without first doing the research. Learning about the used car buying process is fairly simple and can be accomplished by searching through the internet and reading message boards to determine how people are getting really good deals on used cars. This process can take several days and should not be rushed.
Buying a $500 on Craigslist is something that is done every day all across America. Perhaps the most important thing that you should focus on is the mechanical soundness of your car. I can tell you right now that this type of car is certainly not going to be beauty. You are simply looking for a ride that will get you from one point to another without breaking down. In order to ensure your car is mechanically sound you will need to get it looked at by a qualified technician. Have them check all of the vehicles components including the drive train, suspension, braking system and exhaust. Failure of any of these systems can really end up costing you hundreds of dollars.
Once you have located a vehicle that meets your description, get ready to deal with the seller. With a car being priced this low, there is not very much wiggle room for negotiating. One thing that you will want to ensure is that the car has a clean title. A vehicle with a titling issue can really be a headache. Just remember not to buy anything that has been previously totaled or in a flood. These types of events can really end up causing a chain of events that will nickel and dime you down the road.
After everything has been checked out and you are ready to purchase, meet with the seller and have the title signed over. In the state of Texas you must have the title signed over in front of a public notary. A notary will typically cost around $5 per signature. This is an important part of the car buying process and should not be skipped. Don’t simply exchange the title for cash. This will get you nowhere when registering your car.