How do you buy a used car?
June 27, 2014 7:55 AM Subscribe
How have you successfully bought a used car from a private owner? The last time I bought a used car was 14 years ago. Not sure how it's done anymore.
posted by blueyellow to Shopping (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Back then I would find private listings in papers. I would go check out the car. If I liked it would bring it to my mechanic to check it out. Based on his evaluation I would negotiate a price. This worked well for me. Now I have no idea how it's done. Where do the private owners list? How do you avoid getting tricked by non private owners? Do you haggle face to face or online? Can you take the car to your mechanic?