Shopping for used cars can be difficult. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when picking a car out. Walker Chevrolet
, Tennessee is currently offering a handful of cheap cars for cars for sale under $10,000
. Including Malibu's, Suburban's and Sonic Hatch's. We put together this guide to help you find the perfect used car. If you want an amazing car deal and take a little time to do the research during the buying process you can truly get a great car at a bargain price.
1. Don't be scared of high mileage. A car that hasn't been used for years but has a low mileage is most likely going to need more work done than one that has 120,000 miles on it that has been actively used.
2. Don't get something super unique. The price of a Bentley for $5,000 might sound like you won the jackpot but the mechanics of these cars make them expensive to maintain and your first trip to Britain's Royal Mechanic will weigh your wallet down.
3. Don't be afraid to test drive the car. This way you can get a feel of how the car drives, shifts and turns. You will also be able to get a feel for the breaks. You can also see how smoothly the engine runs on the highway. Make sure to pay attention to how the car sounds, paying special attention to the radio and engine.
4. Check both the inside and outside of the car. Be sure to look at the upholstery and the exterior of the car. We are not saying to exclude all cars with minor nicks, but you want to make sure everything is up to your standards and that no massive repairs are needed. Don't forget to look under the hood and check the engine and other parts. Be wary of dirty and rusted parts, this is a sign that there might be trouble with the car in the future.
5. The leak test. If a car is leaking fluids it might be a red flag that it needs repairs. When test driving stop on a clean road for a minute and let the car run, move the car and look for any substances of the ground. Black liquid is a sign of leaking oil, green is anti-freeze, and pink is a sign of a leak from your transmission.
6. Ask for a vehicle history report, it costs a little bit extra but well worth the insurance.
7. Get the car inspected by a mechanic.