Buying a new car can be a daunting experience. There is the price haggling, the financing, and the negotiation that starts the second the car salesman sees you walk through the door. They are sizing you up, and you should be wary of their intentions, too. It can also be a whole different experience when you are buying a used car, as opposed to a brand new car that has never been driven before. You don’t know where it’s been, what could be wrong with it, and whether or not the previous owner properly cared for the car.
Sometimes if a car has been in an accident and repaired you won't even be able to tell by looking at it.
At most reputable used car dealerships, you can request to see the car’s history report before you buy. The history report will let you know for sure whether the car has been in a flood or accident, as well as other useful information, such as how many owners the car has had. Being informed about your purchase may mean trading off some things you really want in a car, in favor of buying a car with fewer miles and a clean vehicle history report, but the trade off will be worth it. If you're working with a private seller or a used car dealership that doesn't offer a vehicle history report, you'll need to purchase the report yourself. Deciding whether or not you should buy a car history report will depend on several factors. To find out whether you should invest in the report, take the quiz below!