13 Mar Buying your First Sportscar: Things to Consider
Buying a car is not always a simple process. A quick hand-me-down with a five hundred dollar deposit and a promise to mow the lawn for the rest of the summer is a rare occurrence, and more often than not, you’ll end up paying much more than five hundred dollars. Whether you’re sixteen and just got your license or older and eager to hit the market, there are numerous things to consider when buying your first sports car, not the least of which is value.
One of the first things that you should do, once you have the make and model of the car that you are interested in, is take a picture of the vehicle identification number. This is usually found on the driver’s side dashboard under the windshield wipers. Once you have the VIN, find a website that can give you a history of the car. Enter the VIN and wait a few seconds. The website will compile the history of the vehicle including citations, accidents, previous owners and the like. Compare the end book value to the price that your dealer, whether private or public, is offering. That way you’ll have something to go on when trying to strike a deal.
The next thing that you should consider is how much work the car will need before you buy it. If the dealer is offering a car to you for ten thousand dollars but it will take two thousand dollars’ worth of work to make it street legal, the buying price is twelve thousand dollars. Many people make the mistake of buying a car without asking what’s wrong with it or why the owner is selling it, and drive off with a money-pit that would have been better off left in the sand lot they found it in. So do your homework. Is the selling price fair for the amount of time and money that you’ll need to spend to get it on the road?
Finally, just as you would any other car, scrutinize the safety features of a sports car before purchasing it. There is no need to ask about horsepower or how quickly it can go from zero to sixty if it doesn’t have side airbags that can save your life if you flip it by cutting the wheel too sharp. Many sports cars are extremely lightweight, and most aren’t reliable. Remember also that brakes go a lot quicker on sports cars than they do on regular cars, so make sure to ask if the brakes need replacing. When these important items have met your needs, make the deal.