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3 Common Mistakes People Make When Buying Used Cars in Texas

Due to the state being a busy industrial center, many people rely on their own transport here. Although the state is served by some of the largest and most efficient railway systems in the country, highways have also long been a common choice for those travelling in the area as they have been necessary to overcome the challenges of the native terrain.

With the latest statistics showing that there are around 9 million cars registered in the state – with one car per three residents – investing in buying your own vehicle is a common choice for many Texans today. To economise, many decide to invest in used cars, which has led to a thriving second hand car market in the state.

With that said, there are many common mistakes that Texans make when investing in used vehicles. Here are some of the most significant ones, which can end up costing buyers a great deal of money and result in a lot of disappointment.

Firstly, those looking for used cars for sale in Texas need to be aware of the mileage of the vehicle that they are buying. As mentioned above, the state is served by a great deal of highways, which can mean a lot of long journeys across the state which will naturally wear down a vehicle. You should therefore always look into the service history of the car before you buy.

Although many people in Texas decide to buy more robust vehicles to prepare them for this cross-state driving, it is always wise to consider that the greater the number of miles on the clock, the more that car has been worked hard and therefore the more worn it is likely to be.

Checking the service history for frequent services and repairs can help show that, despite heavy use, the car has been carefully looked after. It is also worth asking the individual how they used their vehicle. Did they just drive to work and back in Houston every day? Or did they frequently undertake return trips between Dallas and Fort Worth for business?

The next common error that people make when looking for used cars for sale in Texas is looking state-wide for their vehicle, rather than sticking within a reasonable boundary for their search. It can be tempting to spread one’s net a little wider, but this can also be a misleading concept to follow.

People generally search in other state cities as they think their ‘ideal’ car might be waiting for them there for a cheaper price. However, most cities in Texas are huge with an already vast selection of used vehicles on the market – the only guaranteed result of searching state-wide is that you will spend far more time and money trying to hone in on the ‘right’ vehicle.

The third common mistake that many people make when looking to buy used cars for sale in Texas is not speaking to the owner or dealer if there is not sufficient information in the listing they have seen. This is a problem that can be seen in the classifieds on the likes of Texas Auto Classifieds and Dallas News, as well as virtually every other auto classifieds site around the country and even the world.

People tend to exaggerate or hide details about the vehicle when they are listing a car, which can mean that you could end up seeing a car in Houston that does not fit your criteria at all, simply because information was hidden or omitted. Instead, take the time to chat to the owner before arranging to see the vehicle to avoid wasting your time.

The Craze For the Latest Car

Young people tend to have craze for the latest car available in the auto market. Owning the latest hot wheels satisfies the urge of young people for excitement and thrill. It also helps them garner attention of people while driving on the road.

There are many benefits of owning a car. You no longer depend on public transportation system for commuting to office or other places. In a country like India there are many places where there is lack of proper system of transportation. In those places it becomes important to own a vehicle of your own. It also helps in enhancing the social status of the car owner.

As India is a fast-growing car market, auto companies keep introducing new cars here in an attempt to capture a bigger share of the market. This has helped in the growth of the market as well as better and more options for car buyers.

Due to the overall growth of the Indian economy, a young urban working class has emerged who has lots of money to spend on costly items like houses and cars. Those people tend to spend money liberally and also tend to buy things on credit a lot. This has helped in the growth of the auto industry also.

The craze for new cars is also helped by more coverage of the auto industry by media in the country. All new car launches are properly covered by media, and special events like New Delhi Auto Expo are extensively covered. These are besides special auto shows being broadcast on various general entertainment and business television channels.

Auto Expo held in New Delhi in January 2010 was an occasion for auto companies to display various new cars, as well as concept cars to the worldwide audience. Many companies launched new cars at the Expo. The new cars launched at the Expo included Volkswagen Polo and Chevrolet Beat. Toyota also launched its concept car Etios at the Expo. Tata Motors showcased its new cars like Aria. Fiat also showcased new versions of its cars like 500 and Grande Punto.

As the Indian auto market is becoming more important for auto majors, the craze for owning the latest car is going higher among young car buyers.

Iconic Cars of Television Past

Who loves cars more than the American people? Television of course! Crazy jumps, mad street chases, and sometimes even weapons, these cars have easily become Nick at Night favorites for everyone. Here are a few.

The General Lee – Southern stereotypes aside, this Dodge Charger burned its way into America’s general (get it) conscious. Named after the famed confederate General Robert E. Lee, it was a 1968 or 1969 (they used both) Charger painted bright orange with a Confederate naval jack on the roof. For whatever reason the doors were wielded shut, forcing the Dukes to jump in through the windows and of course, the horn played Dixie. They used 256 of them in the shows run. In fact, on average they used up more than one General Lee per show! At some point you would think they would learn how to do stunts.

The Batmobile – “Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed,” these famous words delighted viewers everywhere from 1966 to 1968 as Batman and Robin faced off against the forces of evil, driven around by their iconic car, the Batmobile. The Batmobile was actually based off a concept car made by Lincoln called the Futura. It was built in 1955 and displayed on the auto show circuit that year. Afterwards, it was sold to George Barris, a famous auto customizer, who 1966, was hired to create the Batmobile for the TV show, and converted his Futura into the car we know and love today. It is estimated that the Batmobile has had more model and toys made of it than any other car in the world.

The Monkemobile – “Here we come driving down the street, we get the funniest looks from, everyone we meet…” yeah, I would probably get funny looks driving around in this thing as well, but hey, hey, their the Monkees, and they had a car. The Monkeemobile was a 1966 Pontiac GTO. It was painted red with the famous Monkees logo on each side. Two were built, each with their slight variations, but it did have horse power, in fact a little too much, as it was difficult to drive. Weird story, one of the cars followed the Monkees to Australia to go on tour with them in 1968. Somehow it got left in Australia and eventually turned up at a hotel in Puerto Rico. To this day nobody knows how it got to Puerto Rico.

KITT – No list of cool TV cars would be complete without the Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) from Knight Rider, the show that gave us the over rated, hairy chested David Hasselhoff, and one absurdly awesome car. To any young boy in the 80′s, it didn’t get much cooler than KITT. KITT was a heavily modified jet black Pontiac Trans Am that the protagonist, Michael Knight, would ride in on to save the day and when we say modified we mean HEAVILY modified.

KITT sported an insane turbo boost that allowed for amazing burst of speed and the ability to jump over just about anything in his path, including Hasselhoff’s ego. It also had a super computer AI with the capacity to think and learn. This computer chip allowed KITT to drive himself, play music, videos and even arcade games. For a super advanced car he had a surprisingly insecure and sensitive personality that was easily offended. So in essence, he was an insecure Iphone on wheels.

But wait, there is more. KITT was made from molecular bonded shell. While nobody know exactly how this works, we do know it made him completely invulnerable to conventional arms fire and explosions as well as offering protection from damages in car wrecks and during turbo jumps. It seems like the General Lee could have used some of this stuff as well.

Don’t forget his anamorphic equalizer. Everyone knows the famous red scan bar in his front that lets him “see” in the visual, x-ray and infrared spectrums and interact with the world around him. And just to top things off for fun, he had grappling hooks with wenches, tear gas, flame throwers, smoke screens and even tires that could deflate were among the numerous others gadgets this F16 jet on wheels bore.