Shopping for a new car can be an exciting time. But, it can also be stressful. Depending on your buying power, your search can lead you through many creative ways to finding a car. From dealerships, private owners, and auctions— a myriad of selections await. Nowadays, many look to mobile apps such as Cars.com and CarGarus.

Whatever reason you’re in the market for buying a car, you have many options to consider. Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle might offer many advantages. One of the best benefits of buying used is the price point. However, obtaining an older car will require more research than buying new. The following are five things to consider when buying an older car.

The Deal Breaker

Is high mileage a deal breaker? Depending on who you’re buying the car for and the period it’s needed, considering a car’s mileage is essential. Buying an older car with high mileage might be ideal for a high schooler or college freshman than it is for an adult who travels for his or her work. The bottom line is high mileage can be a deal breaker for some, but it doesn’t have to be. To the contrary, a well-maintained car with high miles can still outweigh the cons.

Take A Test Drive

Taking a test drive is paramount. No one should ever purchase a car without it. A test drive can help a potential buyer get a real sense of how the car runs and feels on the road. Similar to a prospective employee interviewing for a job, an employer assesses the individual’s experience and personality. Car shopping should be approached in the same manner. If a car performs well on the road and a mechanic gives you the nod of approval, then chances are your search has ended.

Private Ownership Vs Dealership

You may not ever get to know your seller on a personal level. For this very reason, consider buying an older car from a private owner. Chances are, a private owner will be more candid about the vehicle than a used car salesman or dealership. You might be asking why. Private owners have a more sentimental attachment to the car they’re selling than a dealership. Also, a private owner is more likely to share pertinent information about the car’s maintenance and repairs.

List Your Pros and Cons

Don’t buy the first car you see. Buying the best car you can afford will give you not only a sense of accomplishment but pride. With so many vehicles on the market, finding favorable selections in your price range might take a bit of time. After making a list of your wants and needs in a car, a process of elimination should lead you to a vehicle that’s not only right for you but compatible. In the end, you’ll be rewarded with peace of mind.

You Get What You Pay For

If you’re buying an older car, use precaution. Taking shortcuts might eventually catch up with you if you haven’t done your homework. Research the make and model of the vehicle you’re considering to purchase. Read reviews written by past and present owners of that particular car. If buyer reviews are unfavorable, depending on the number of them, then consider expanding your search. Doing your research will help you make an informed decision. Every dollar counts!