Wanna get a car now? (中英文版)

From dreamstime.com

From dreamstime.com

As we all know, America is a country on the wheels, and without a vehicle, life here can be rough. Without having a car, how can you broaden and enrich your life via such activities as going out for internship or work?

When the spring is around the corner, it is the best time to purchase a car. Considering that lack of money and uncertainty of future are the two crucial problems for international students, the initial choice is to purchase used cars, which is going to be the main topic of this article.




When to buy?


From Dreamstime.com

In my opinion, it is the best time to buy a car right now instead of the conventional idea of buying a car after spring. I have three reasons for this opinion:

First, your car has to face the long winter in Ohio. Hence, it is important to make sure your car has good condition during the snowy day. So, while you purchasing a car, why not test the performance in snowy day?

Second, as I have observed, the price of most cars decreases except SUVs and trucks during winter.

Third, as an old saying that time is treasure, waiting a long-lasting freezing winter does not deserve. At present, semester having begun, winter being ending, and the price having not increased yet, buying a car right now can keep you away from the rush hour of purchasing a car.





How & where to buy?


How to buy a car depends on lots of factors, and the very first thing you need to do is to choose the brand and age of car according to your budget. This kind of information is all over the professional websites like KBB, which is informative for buying a used car. This kind of websites has two functions: 1) estimate the price of the used cars; 2) find out the dealer near to your location.

There also some other websites of this kind such as Cars.com, Autotrader.com, Edmunds.comCarsdirect.com



From Craigslist.com

From Craigslist.com

Without considering about having no information page of Kent, Craigslist is another good alternation. However, you still can find information under the Akron/Canton and Youngstown from both dealers and individual owners.

BE CAUTIOUS with Fraud on Craigslist!

The advantage of dealing with owner is that you don’t have to pay the extra money for foxy dealer, but if you are not the expert, probably you need to bring one as your accompany when you go to test the car. Otherwise, go to dealer.


If you find the car you want, you should begin to focus on the paperwork, especially the Carfax. Carfax is a kind of file of car including all kinds of records such as transaction and accidents information. Usually, dealer will provide Carfax files, which sometimes do not show the whole information, though. If you buy a car directly from an owner, you need to order a Carfax by yourself. Just make sure the information such as accident, insurance and the number of transitions.

From Carfax.com

From Carfax.com

Carfax is not free, and each will cost $34.99. But if you buy five once, it will just takes you $45.99 totally. You can keep the Carfax account for several months. I have some if you need, leave me a message.




Other information might be helpful

The one has the information of how to test the car’s performance


The one has a lot strategy of purchasing a car


Statistical analysis of each index of car



6 thoughts on “Wanna get a car now? (中英文版)

  1. Molly says:

    It’s a wonderful article. And I think you can put your herbie’s picture in this article that may attract more comments. O(∩_∩)O~

  2. Rachel Pryately says:

    All of this information is very helpful. For me though my dad is a car dealer so I have seen what can happened when buying used cars. Yes you may run into more troubles, but that can happen with buying new cars too. I understand the concept of buying a new car, but for those who cannot truly afford a new car, I do not understand why they insist on it. You can get used cars that are maybe just a year old and the price is incredibly lower. I have no shame in buying a used car.

    • Thank you for your comments. There is no reason to be shamed on saving money. Using less money to make life better is an art and a skill of smart people. ^_^

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