To begin with, if you want to buy an used vehicle, you must make sure you understand that these vehicles will have their own set of problems as well as strengths. Every car is also different and you won't ever be able to find two identical cars to each other.
Even though you might end up finding one that is the same color as well as the same year, there could still be enormous differences in the vehicle's condition.
The Canadian Black Book has a few different pieces of advice regarding how much they estimate vehicles to be worth. However, you should keep in mind that no fixed value exists as is the case with new vehicles. Because of this, shopping for the appropriately priced used vehicle may be difficult to say the least. The price that you get asked can go either too high or too low, for example if there's any trading of vehicles, the price can be swayed even more drastically.
Unfortunately, there is no sure-fire way to purchase an used car. It's just as likely that you can buy a total lemon from a very nice trusty dealership, as it is to buy an amazing car from a run-down, typically shady car lot. In short, not all independent dealers are illegitimate and not all new car dealers are trustworthy either.
If you find a car that you like, make sure you understand the flaws and the strengths of that vehicle. Every single car will have its own story and its own flaws. Even if they look really similar, there's surely a world of differences between them. To most people, a car is an item that's judged by its looks and they try their best to make it look cooler and sportier. Focus on how good the vehicle drives instead of just its appearance. Make sure thet it hasn't been involved in any past accidents.
Make sure you understand that financing rates will be different for used cars than they are for brand new. Another factor which can affect the financing rate is your credit. Generally speaking, the more kms and the older it is, the higher the financing rate will be. The rate is an indicator of how risky this investment is according to the bank. If a car is really old and it breaks down, you are more likely to default on your payments so the bank takes a higher risk.
Another thing you must keep in mind, is the insurance for your used vehicles. It can be costly if you don't research the best and cheapest insurance company.