Knowing Where a Car Has Been
Where your used car comes from can be an important factor when considering longevity. For example, if you are from a state that has hurricanes, there may be a disproportionate number of flooded vehicles on used car lots. Likewise, if you are from an area that frequently experiences heavy snow, used carlots may be full of vehicles that have endured those hard miles. Don’t forget to order your vehicle report so you know where the car has been registered. Believe it or not, where the car has been driven can make a big difference in wear and tear.
So many people are changing cars these days trying to escape the curse of high gas prices. But they need to be realistic about the car they are considering. Take a moment to think about the percentage of highway and city driving you do. If you aren’t honest with yourself about these fuel economy numbers you’ll be changing cars again in a year.
And one more thing. Fuel economy isn’t everything. You still need a car that you’re going to love driving after a few years. So look at the Edmunds.com editors’ and consumer ratings. Not all cars are created equally. And looking at the fuel economy rating doesn’t tell the whole story.