Buying a used car may well be the most budget-friendly thing that you can do in these times of poor economy. You will want to save money by putting together a budget that is as good as it is well worth it. In other words, you want a car that gives you more bang for your buck, and you want that car to work. However, you still need to be realistic: you have to get a car that works but that already has some mileage on it, so you are bound to have a few kinks and quirks that you have to keep on ironing out. Your car will be far from perfect.
However, if you maintain your used car, then you will not go wrong. One way for you to maintain your car is to regularly take it to the shop for checkups and tuneups. The problem with a lot of used car owners is that they think that their used cars should no longer be touched because the things will fall apart soon enough. Cars, however, can still have a lot of hope left in them, so make sure to get your car into the shop a lot and always listen to your mechanic!
Second, do your own maintenance every year. Do your oil check, and always check under the hood for leaks or poorly maintained parts. The key to keeping your used car well maintained is to keep it safe. If you are from a part of the world that has a lot of extreme weather, then your car could be in trouble if you don’t check the antifreeze or coolant; and if you don’t check for heat damage. This can be especially true if you have to drive constantly through high temperature regions. You could end up overheating the car! Lastly, check your brakes and your tires: they will suffer the most from wear and tear, and if they suffer from wear and tear, so will your car.