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How to increase confidence when buying a used car



a group of people standing next to a window: A young family shopping for a used car at a dealership


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A young family shopping for a used car at a dealership

Let’s take a look at the results of a recent survey by Kijiji Autos Canada, and what it tells us specifically about buying a used car during the pandemic. As car shoppers do more than ever online, online auto marketplaces are taking extra steps to understand the changing habits of those shoppers during the pandemic. Analysis of this information can help reveal what’s driving more shoppers to used cars, what challenges they’re facing along the way, and what a shopper can do to anticipate and mitigate those challenges and stresses.

According to Kijiji’s survey data, close to one quarter of Canadians say they’ve considered buying or upgrading their car since the start of the pandemic, with about 19 per cent having visited at least one car dealership.

Canadians are buying a lot of used cars

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Buying a car? Follow these 4 tips to hit the gas with confidence

Last year brought unprecedented changes across nearly every industry, and automotive was no exception. In fact, the auto market continues to exceed expectations. Compared to March 2020, TrueCar estimates vehicle sales were up 42% in March 2021. So, if you’re in the market to buy a car, you’re in great company.

Navigating a new and ever-evolving automotive landscape can be tricky, but these four tips will help you be successful with your car-buying journey in 2021 and beyond.

Set a realistic budget

Before you start the process of financing and looking around for a car, you should understand your budget. That includes taking into account not just the sticker price of the car, but the total cost of owning a vehicle.

“Make sure you can afford the monthly loan payment, in addition to other costs that come along with car ownership, personal property taxes, registration fees, insurance, fuel costs

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