Priced Under 12k for Sale in Costa Mesa, CA
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Priced Under 12k
If you have been shopping for a car and you are on a strict budget, we do not have to tell you that it can be pretty hard to find vehicles for less than $12,000. Used models have become increasingly popular over the last few years, and models priced under 12k, in particular, have become much sought-after by a lot of customers. That being said, they are still out there and available – even at car dealerships – but you have to know what to look for.
The most important thing when it comes to looking for vehicles priced under 12k is that you need to be sure to still get something worthwhile. Sure, you can go online, do some looking around, and probably find a used car for $2-3k from a private seller in the area. But you should wonder why they are willing to sell it so cheap. There is a good chance that a vehicle being sold that cheap has some serious issues that you will have to deal with sooner or later.
Here at Orange Coast CJDRF, we have a selection of vehicles priced under 12k for our customers in the Costa Mesa area. Whether you need something to get your family around town, or just need a car to get to work each day, we want to help. It is important to us that all of our vehicles meet our high standards, even those that are sold at a low price. Come talk to one of our friendly salespeople, let us know what your budget looks like, and we will work with you to find something that is perfect for your needs.
What to Look for in Cars Priced under 12k
First things first: if you are looking for vehicles priced under 12k, then you are almost always going to be in the market for a used model. But do not fret, there are plenty of great pre-owned cars and SUVs out there for you to choose from, but you really need to know what to look for. This will probably take some time on your part and may require a little research, but the time you spend now can save you money in the long-run.
The first thing you should do is choose a dealership over a private seller. You may think we are biased in this regard, and while that could be true, we have good reason for it. When you buy from a private seller you can often save some money on your purchase, but you also have absolutely no protection on your purchase. There is no way for you to truly know what condition that vehicle is in, and if a problem arises after you buy it, then good luck discussing options with the seller.
With a dealership, you have a certain amount of protection in place. For one thing, there are laws that require any dealership to provide you with a certain amount of information about every used vehicle they sell. You also have some protections as a buyer from disreputable practices. As long as you choose a good dealership with a good reputation, you should have a good experience. After all, a good dealer wants you to be happy with your purchase so that you will come back to them when you need service or when it is time for your next vehicle.
With a used vehicle priced under 12k, you should try to find models that are as new as possible in terms of model year. You will have some limits here, but newer vehicles tend to have more features on them than older ones. That being said, you might be able to find an older model at a higher trim and still get great features at a low price.
Our biggest suggestion is that you focus on the functionality of a vehicle priced under 12k. Do not get too bogged down in flashy style or unnecessary features. Make sure you pick a vehicle that is in good shape mechanically and will serve you well – everything else is secondary.
Cheap Cars – Avoiding Major Problems
When you are on a budget, the last thing you want to do is waste money on something that will just end up costing you more down the line. But that is exactly what can happen if you choose a cheap car priced under 12k that is in really bad shape. One of the things we hear from a lot of people is that they bought a car for just a few thousand dollars from someone online, had it run for six months, completely break down, and then found themselves looking for another vehicle all over again.
While you might feel desperate to get a vehicle – especially if you need it for getting to work or taking your kids to school – there are solutions out there that will work for you and not end up being a waste of money. The most important thing when you are on a budget is to make your money count and not buy something cheap that will actually cost more long-term. That is part of why we so strongly recommend a reputable dealership with cars priced under 12k rather than a random stranger online or private seller.
If you insist on buying a cheap car from a private seller, please take it to a third-party mechanic that you trust to inspect it before you buy it. If the seller will not agree to this, then move on because they are probably trying to scam you. It will cost you a little extra money to have a mechanic take a look at it, but they can find issues that will cost you much more if you buy a cheap car without having it looked at first.
Helping our California Friends and Neighbors
Finding good vehicles priced under 12k can be difficult. We completely understand how tough it can be to shop for a car when you are on a strict budget, but we are here to help. Our customers are not just random strangers that we want to sell to and then never see again. Our customers are our friends and neighbors from here in Costa Mesa and throughout the area.
Whether you live up in Anaheim or Santa Ana, over in Long Beach or Torrance, or down in San Clemente or Carlsbad, we are here to help you. Call us or come visit us, talk to one of our friendly salespeople, discuss your budget and other issues with our financing experts, and we will do everything we can to help you figure out a solution that works for you. We know how tough it is out there, and California can certainly be an expensive place to live.
But remember that you are not alone. We live here in Costa Mesa and throughout the Greater Los Angeles area ourselves, so we really do understand what you are going through. We do our best to keep an inventory of vehicles priced under 12k specifically so that we can help out all of our neighbors, not only those looking for a brand new car. Come visit us at Orange Coast CJDRF today and let us help you find the perfect vehicle.