Consumer Corner Blog
You’re in the market for a used car or truck, because you’re on a budget and you don’t want to spend any more than you have to. But being on a budget also means needing to minimize your maintenance and repair costs during the time you’re going to own that vehicle.
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More often than not, people buying a car for the first time opt for a used model. But for so many of us, the red tape involved can seem daunting. How to register your used car in Ontario? It’s simpler than you think!
If you’re currently in the market for a used car, you’re probably like most consumers in dreading having to shop through endless listings of vehicles, not knowing if you’re picking a gem or a lemon. This is particularly so if you’re on a budget and need to maximize the value you get in your next use-car purchase. After all, a mediocre pre-owned vehicle can cost plenty in yearly maintenance and repairs. So which makes and models are considered the best buys for budget-minded car buyers?
It’s a part of the car-buying process that is more often neglected or passed over than any other: getting the used car you’re thinking of buying inspected by an independent service centre before you hand over payment. And yet, it may be the single most important step you can take to ensure you don’t end up regretting your purchase.
As fuel-saving technologies make their way deeper and deeper into the guts of even the most low-budget new cars, the used-car market is now absorbing those new features. Buy a recent-model pre-owned car in Toronto or elsewhere in Ontario today, and chances are it will include some pretty nifty tech features that make your purchase cleaner and more energy-efficient than ever before.
A low dollar and reduced prices at the pump are translating into a busy travel season within Canada this year. If you’re heading out on a family road trip this summer season, it’s well worth taking a bit of time to make sure your vehicle is up for the voyage! Avoid a potentially vacation-ruining breakdown or catastrophe, by following a few basic steps:
Looking to shop for a used car this summer? Some common-sense but essential tips will help you save on your next used car purchase. Some may seem screamingly obvious to you, some you may not have thought of. By not taking anything for granted you will stack the deck in your favour, so you hand over only as much of your hard-earned cash as necessary when you take the keys of your next used car.
Too many potential car buyers come down with consumer dread at the thought of heading out and shopping for their next used car. While it is true that the level of quality of used car dealers – as in most any commercial sector – can range from A-1 to A-trocious, there is no reason that you or any other used car buyer in Ontario should be condemned to suffering through unnecessary pain and worry, not to mention loss of your hard-earned money!
If the time has come for you to look at buying your next car, and you’re breaking out in hives, you’re not alone. Those of us not mechanically inclined – which is most of us –dread the thought of buying a used car that turns out to be a dud, piling up the repair costs and aggravation levels as soon as we sign on the dotted line. But take heart, because a few common-sense measures that you can easily take will help you avoid the pitfalls of acquiring a pre-owned vehicle.