You can start your car research online.
If you are looking to purchase an old used car, there are nearly as many ways of going about it as there are cars to choose from. If you’re going to be diligent, you’ll actually do more research and leg work than you would if you were shopping for a new car.
What to Buy
The first step in buying any vehicle is to select the type of car you are looking for. This will largely be dependent upon your intended use. Ask yourself, “What are my needs?” regarding the purchase. Will it be a daily driver, a weekend cruiser or a garaged custom rebuild? Looking for a “classic” car that has been kept up will be different than looking for an old beater just to drive.
Where to Look
New and used car dealerships might be able to help you out depending upon what year, make and model of car you are looking for. If you are searching for used cars in general, then websites like “Craig’s List” and “eBay Motors” are a good place to look, as well as your local newspapers and free used-item classified listings publications. On Craig’s List and eBay you can search according to your distance from the listed vehicles. Classic car listings are available on websites like “Collector Cars for Sale” and “Classic Cars.” The sites are searchable to provide rich results.
Inspect and Purchase
Two things you will always want to check when you are buying a used car are the odometer reading and maintenance records. High mileage is not necessarily an indicator that a car is not worth buying, just as low mileage isn’t an indicator that a car is going to be a good deal; but it should be something you are aware of and take into consideration. Request any maintenance records the owner might have to verify that the car has been maintained regularly. Transferring ownership once you decide to buy will differ from state to state. Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles to verify what is required to transfer the title and complete the sale.