In a time when money is tight and people’s salaries are not keeping up with their increasing living expenses it is very important to save money wherever possible. One way to do this is through buying cheap cars instead of expensive ones. There is the concern that the cheaper the car is the more likely it is to break down with little or no warning the moment you drive it off the showroom floor.
This is where having some knowledge of cars is very handy. It will help you to make sure that you do not buy a lemon when you go out looking for cheap cars to buy. If you do not know enough about care to properly assess one then your best bet for finding a cheap car that is not going to break down is to get a second-hand car from a car dealership that is AA certified. When a dealership is actually AA certified it means that the cars that they stock have been checked out by a mechanic and declared to be roadworthy and in good working order. This will give you a little bit of peace of mind when you buy a second-hand car.
The other option is to take your own tame mechanic with you when you go looking at cars. Ask if you can take a look under the hood and let your mechanic give things a really good look over. You should also insist on taking the car for a test drive of at least ten minutes to make sure that it does not have any strange bumping noises going on and that it does not pull to one side or the other. Also check for any body work that does not line up properly or is a slightly different colour to the rest of the car. This will indicate that the car has been in an accident and may have had some chassis damage.
You also need to be intelligent when you buy cheap cars. Do not get one that has really high mileage as car parts will only last so long and you may find that you have to start replacing one part after another when you have had the car for a few short weeks because the previous owners sold it just before the parts started to give out. This kind of car is a very expensive cheap car. It may not cost you a lot at the beginning but it will soon make up for it in repairs that will have to be done to keep it running.
You get cheap cars and then you get cheap cars. One kind will be reliable and good value for money and will check out if you have a mechanic give it a once over, the other kind is waiting to fall apart. If you are going to be buying second-hand cars then you need to be sure that you are getting the first kind of cheap car and not the second.