Is Your Next Vehicle a Gem or a Clunker?

Buying another car or truck is something that most people do on a regular basis.

Whether their auto is past its best or they want something new for the sake of it, they get the itch for a new set of wheels.

If you expect to be in such a position soon, what will go into your thinking process?

Are you looking for something brand new to drive around in? Would you be okay driving an older vehicle?

When the day comes for you to buy another vehicle, will it be a gem or a clunker?

Doing Research is Quite Important

In looking for your next set of wheels, make sure you take the time to research what is on the market.

For instance, did you know you can lookup VIN numbers to help you in your pursuit?

By getting your hands on a vehicle I.D. number, you move closer to discovering important facts about the auto. Such info can help you lean one way or the other in deciding if the vehicle is right for your life.

There are different sites online where you can plug in such numbers and find out details on a vehicle. Whether you use this site or others, take the time to research vehicles of interest to you.

Along with research on your end, talk to family and friends who’ve bought vehicles as of late. They’re input can be invaluable in helping you choose your next set of wheels.

Among the things to discuss with them:

  • Dealerships – If they live near to you, did they buy from an area dealer? If so, are they happy with the service and more they have gotten? This could push you to check out a dealership you may not have dealt with before.
  • Prices – In the event it has been a while since you last bought a vehicle, no doubt the prices have changed to some degree. As such, it would be good to know a general pricing range on vehicles before you go shopping.
  • Auto loans – If you will need to secure an auto loan, did any family or friends do the same? If they did, you can ask them for their two cents on any banks or credit unions they may recommend.

By getting all the input you can, you are in a better position to find your next vehicle.

Careful if Going the Private Seller Route

If you choose to buy from a private seller, it is quite important that you are careful.

Yes, while many do buy vehicles from other consumers, taking time to find out about the vehicle and owner is key. Unfortunately, some private sellers do try and take advantage of unwitting consumers. If this ends up being you, you could get taken for a ride at the end of the day.

When it comes right down to it, buying a vehicle is a major investment in your life.

As a result, you want to be sure you get a gem and aren’t saddled with a clunker.


As a mechanical engineer turned blogger, Charlie provides readers with a technical, yet accessible look into the world of automotive engineering and design. His insightful posts make complex car technologies understandable.