How to buy a car in Durham
How to buy a car in Durham
This post is mainly aimed at International students who would be freshly relocating from their home countries to Durham.
Staying mobile is paramount as soon as you land especially in a place like Durham where public transport is very minimal. Students generally prefer to buy a second hand car which they can use and sell it at the end of their course tenure. Finding a used car, which is in a fairly good condition, is a multi-step process and it demands considerable amount of time. The below are some tips which might simplify this long process.
- You can either buy the car from a dealer or from a private owner. Buying from a dealer is a much simpler process as the dealer takes care of most of the headaches. But usually, you end up paying a premium for using their services. There are several car dealers in Raleigh and Durham and you can reach out to them once you are here. Finding a trustworthy dealer is altogether another different thing and I cannot throw much light on it since I got mine from a private owner.
- If you are planning to buy it from a private owner, the process is little longer and I would recommend coming to Durham a good 15-20 days before your course starts.
- You can start your search even before you land here by checking websites like www.craigslist.org and get in touch with the owners of the vehicle.
- Kbb.com (Kelly Blue Book) quotes reasonable price which can be offered for each car based on year, model, mileage etc. Referring to this often would give enough reasoning to differentiate between a fair car and a good car and also an idea about the pricing.
- In the US, the insurance premium of the car goes high if the vehicle history is bad. So it is vital to check whether the history is clean without any accidents before buying it. Even if the car doesn’t have a clean history, the price can be accordingly negotiated.
- Carfax.com is a paid website which provides this history report (carfax report) when you feed in the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) associated with the vehicle. Remember to ask and note this VIN from the car owner when you get in touch with them.
- Once you are satisfied with the price and car history, the next step is to see the car personally and get it checked at a garage. There are several auto tuning chains such as Precision and Firestone which help you with that. It is important that you do this check to avoid unnecessary problems once you buy the car.
- The last step in this process is the registration of the car. Registration is pretty simple and painless process. North Carolina driver’s license or State Identification is required for the registration process. So make sure you have either one of these before going in for registering the vehicle.
- Not all DMV offices do vehicle registration, so make sure you find the right address from the Durham DMV website!
Hope that was a useful post and goodluck with your car search!