Sometimes finding the right used car can be quite a hassle. However, finding the right car and at the right price can be that much harder. With a little knowledge though it is possible to get the car you have seen which is just a little over your budget, down to the price you can afford or are willing to pay.
As a starting point, sometimes you can get the price reduced if there are small defects on the car that you spot which the seller has not pointed out to you such as tiny nicks where a stone has been thrown up from the road or a small dink. These are things which are not serious enough to warrant not buying the car but which reflect on its appearance. By pointing these out you could knock the seller down a little to a price that is within your budget.
When buying from a car dealer the majority of dealers will expect you to haggle a little over the cost of the car and indeed many will even add a little onto the cost in the first place expecting to give in and reduce it after haggling. In fact, if you do not haggle, they will be disappointed!
Even if there are not any problems with the car and you are buying it privately rather than a car dealer you can often get something knocked off the asking price by haggling or even saying that its a little more than you are willing to pay so will have to give it some thought.
The most important thing to remember when purchasing a second hand car is to not be tempted to go over your budget and never be afraid to haggle. After all if you do not ask, you do not get and the worse thing that can happen is the seller will not budge.