Buying a used car from a private seller
One of the more challenging ways to buy a used car is from a private seller. This chapter will give you what you need to do if you want to buy a car in this way.
Buying a used car from a private seller can be a great move. In most cases, if the car is good, you can get a far better deal than if you purchase a car from a dealership… no matter what the dealer says. That said, buying from a private seller can also be an unmitigated disaster. This section will try to give you the information you need to help make sure you don’t end up in a nightmare when you buy a used car from a private party.
Make sure you familiarize yourself with our section on researching a used car from Chapter 2 of this guide: “Finding and researching the right car for you“.
There are many websites and publications that advertise vehicles for sale from private parties. The first thing to understand is that none of these sources in any way warrant or protect you from buying a bad car. If you’re going to buy a car from a private party, know that you are the only protection you have from a problem.