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How Do I Choose the Best Used Convertible Car?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 31 July 2017
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Used car shopping can be a daunting and tiresome experience, but with a bit of research and patience, you can find the best used convertible car quickly and easily. Start by researching the different convertible cars that will fit your needs and aesthetic requirements. Not all used convertible car models are high-quality, and not all need to be high price, either. Be sure to research online to find user reviews, recall information, and any other pertinent information that will give you an idea as to the advantages and disadvantages of a particular model.

Once you have narrowed down your search by used convertible car model, try to find a few offerings in your area. You can visit used and new car lots to find the car you are interested in, though many online websites can help you locate a particular model quickly and easily. Decide if you are willing to travel to find the best deals, as some cars you are interested in may be in another city or region. Read any online ads for the car carefully, and take notes on the price, condition, and so on. If possible, ask the seller for the Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, so you can research the vehicle history. This will tell you if the used convertible car was in an accident, if it was totaled and restored, and so on.

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If the car is being sold by an individual rather than by a dealership, be sure to inspect it carefully. Check all major functions, especially the convertible function, to make sure it all works properly. Ask about any repairs that have been done to the vehicle, and if possible, ask to see repair receipts. If any parts warranties are included with the used convertible car, be sure to ask for the warranty certificates. Do not be afraid to walk away from the sale if the car is not in good condition or if the seller is unwilling to negotiate. There will be other models out there, and it may be best to walk away from a sale that does not feel right.

If the used convertible car is being sold by a dealer, ask about any warranties. Many used cars come with very brief warranties, though you may be able to negotiate for a longer warranty. Ask about any repairs done to the vehicle, as well as return policies. You will generally pay more at a dealership, so be sure the car has been tuned up, any worn parts have been replaced, and the car has gone through a thorough inspection. If it has not, do not buy the vehicle until the dealership makes such repairs.

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