6 Tips to Help You Buy a Used Car

Are you going to buy a used car? If so, you should try your level best to avoid making some common mistakes. After all, you don’t want to get ripped off. Given below are a few tips that can help you protect yourself when investing in a used vehicle.

Get the car inspected

If you are a certified mechanic, you can inspect the car on your own. If you are new to used cars, we suggest that you get the car inspected before buying it. Don’t make the mistake of paying for car before taking it to a good mechanic. The professional will inspect the car for you and will let you know its real value as well as possible faults.

Go for a Test-drive

Don’t just drive the car in a circle. What you need to do is take the car out of the parking lot for a test drive. Actually, driving it on the highway will help you check the accessories. If the car has a major fault, you can negotiate the price with the seller.

Never buy Without seeing the vehicle

At times, people purchase cars online without even taking a closer look at them. Have you found a good but inexpensive car in some other state? You may end up paying for a car that doesn’t match the pictures you viewed on a website. It’s not a good idea to trust an online seller that you have never met before in person.

Check the title

Once you have taken a closer look at the car, what you need to do is inspect its title as well. Actually, this is a very important step. You may want to make sure that the title has no liens.

The purchase agreement

If you are going to purchase from a dealer, you will need to sign a Buyer’s Order or a Purchase Agreement. The documents will govern the transaction. The purchase agreement should not limit your rights or protect all of the rights of the dealer. You should not rely on the verbal promise of the dealer alone.

Buy from an individual

This is very important. Some dealers act in a way that buyers think they are buying from an individual. However, the documents clearly state that the car is being sold by a dealer. Actually, in some states, the act of “curbstoning” is not against the law. However, even if it’s allowed in some states, you may have problems if the sellers kicks off the deal by lying to you.

So, if you are going to buy a second-hand car for the first time, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this article. This will reduce your chances of getting ripped off. And you will be able to get your hands on the right vehicle since you will know all the things that are important for making this big purchase. Just keep in mind that you should have everything in writing. Verbal promises are not very reliable.


Sitcom Characters Who Fear They Have Been Cursed With Bad Luck

Arriving on the doorstep yesterday was a small package that looked eerily like the one which had come just a few weeks before. It, too, was addressed to my daughter, so I brought it in and placed it on her bed.

When she arrived home and tore open the package, it revealed a case for her cell phone. I was surprised because she had just ordered one earlier in the month, and she had always been fairly cautious with her money.

After some prompting on my part, she explained that she had experienced nothing but bad luck since purchasing that other case. She described that accessory as being cursed, so it had to go.

Her belief in items causing bad luck reminded me of all of the television shows that have episodes based on a character’s belief in a jinx or a curse. Even though I can recall thirteen such shows, it might be safer to stop the counting at seven. Here they are.

Freddie Benson from iCarly

His trouble-laming friend Samantha Puckett played several pranks on Freddie to cause him to believe he was cursed with a run of bad luck, but the boy gets even with her at the end of the episode.

Skipper from Gilligan’s Island

After finding the buried head of an ancient totem pole, Skipper (played by Alan Hale) experiences several mishaps he blames on that relic.

Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show

After breaking a chain letter sent to him from Goober, Mayberry’s fearless deputy (played by Don Knotts) assigns every trivial accident on his disregard of that communication.

Michael Scott from The Office

The manager (played by Steve Carrel) of the Scranton branch of the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Company declares that the office is cursed after he runs over Meredith in the parking lot, Anglea’s cat Sprinkles dies, and Pam’s computer gets infected with a virus in an episode titled “Fun Run.”

Archie Bunker from All In The Family

The head of the house at 304 Hauser Street (played by Carroll O’Connor) fears he has been jinxed after he loses a chain letter without having sent it on, in spite of his daughter and son in law’s insistence that there is no such thing as superstition.

Radar O’ Reilly from MASH

After Colonel Potter (played by Harry Morgan) orders a reluctant Radar to remove a spirit pole, the medical camp seems to suffer several accidents. Potter refuses to call it a curse until he stabs himself with a scalpel and Hawkeye breaks a mirror.

Bobby Brady from The Brady Bunch

After the youngest son in the family finds an ancient tiki while they are vacationing in Hawaii, the kids soon find out that the trinket is considered to bring bad luck to all who dare to wear it.