One small accident. Significant damage to the front end of the car.
One bigger accident. Completely totaled car.
Small cars do not survive well in even the smallest of crashes. And although your daughter was not injured in either of the accidents she had when she was away for her first year of college, the second accident totaled her car. The other driver was at fault so they accident was completely covered by the other driver’s insurance. When it came time to replace the car, you have decided to take a different approach. Though the totaled car was a brand new car that was leased, this time around, you are buying a used vehicle. And this time it will not be a small car that crumbles in an accident, but instead it will be a large truck. The leading candidates are two used Ford F-350 trucks with fairly low mileage.
Although neither Ford F-350 trucks will get as good of gas milage as the small car she drove her freshman year, you think it is a good purchase decision. First, it will allow her to move much of her stuff in and out of the storage unit and into her dorm with her own vehicle. Additionally, the Ford F-350 trucks you are choosing between are more stable in a fender bender.
What Is the Best Used Car Buying Experience?
Buying a used car can be even more difficult than making a decision to purchase a new car. Careful consideration of a few key points will guide most purchases:
- Check the VIN.
The vehicle identification number for every car is unique. By investigating the number, buying a used vehicle becomes a more clear choice. The VIN, for example, allows a future buyer to check that unique identification with both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration?s VIN Lookup Tool, Additionally, the potential buyer can also ask for a historical report from companies like AutoCheck and Carfax.
- Know the purpose of the purchase.
By understanding how many miles you plan to drive on your new car and what kind of driving you will be doing, you will be able to decide what kind of vehicle you need.
- Prepare to adjust your priorities.
Buying a car, whether new or used, involves many decisions and choices. It is important, however, to be flexible in arranging those priorities. Being inflexible on the color or model of the car, for example, means that you might miss out on a great vehicle that does not match your initial list of priorities.
- Research financing and insurance.
The make and model of a car often determines the kind of financing you can get and the cost of insurance that is available. This means that it is not only the price of the car that the buyer must consider. A great price on a car that results in a higher interest financing rate or escalated insurance fees may not be the best purchase.
Do You Have a Certain Model of Car That You Prefer?
Whether purchasing a new or a used vehicle, some buyers start by looking at a certain car maker and do not look at other types of cars. One of the most popular car manufacturers in today’s automobile industry is the Ford company. In fact, in the trucking world, Ford’s F-Series has been the best-selling overall vehicle for as many as 32 straight years. Ford F-350 trucks, for instance, are popular because of their size, horse power, and towing capacity. The trucking world is a competitive industry that attempts to satisfy the needs of its customers, as well as work toward fuel efficiency and environmental guidelines. In the last two years as the price of gasoline dropped to much more affordable levels, the number of consumer again buying large vehicles like trucks has been on the rise.
Ford owns nearly 15% of the U.S. auto market share by generating annual profits of more than $3 billion. In the year 2014, Ford generated more than $144 billion.
Whether you decide to look for a bigger vehicle that provides more stability in the event of an accident or you simply want a truck that can help you move items in and out of college door rooms, used car options are often the best choice.