December 6, 2022

Are you a car person? If so, this article should cheering up your mood: You’re not alone. Many people are really into cars. It’s not just them. According to a recent study, more than half of Americans have at least one car. That’s more than any other nationality combined. The number of Americans who own an automobile is also on the rise: In 2011, 42 percent of all American adults owned cars, and that number will continue to rise as individuals upgrade their vehicles to meet specific needs. Finding a vehicle that you like but doesn’t yield as much space as you want is no easy feat—and it can be extremely difficult if you live in an urban setting with steep hills and tight spaces. Let’s explore how to find and improve upon your car’s unused potential by creating an engine swap that sounds good (and isn’t too difficult).

What to Look For When Finding a Car Used Trade-In

This is the most important step in the process of finding a used car trade-in. When you find a car you like but it’s not in the right condition for you to drive, it’s time to take it back. If the car is less than five years old, or has a significant body repair problem, drive it back to the dealer and get a new car. Or, if it’s in perfect condition, keep it and use it as a test drive.

Only Use The Pieces You Need

While you’re at it, make a list of the things you’re interested in buying and the things you don’t. There will always be things you don’t buy and things you wouldn’t buy, but your list should include things you’ve always wanted (including things you probably won’t get). Your list must start with the things you’re interested in, and then cover the things you might otherwise buy, but just aren’t ready to invest the cash or time into.

Don’t Forget About Paint

If the red, blue, or white color scheme on your car is your favorite, you should probably stay with it. It’s the most intense personal color scheme you can imagine. But if you’re really stuck for color, there are other options. You can always sign up for a paint color course to learn about other popular colors and then decide if a different color scheme would look better on your car.

Don’t Forget About Bodywork

As an interior decorator myself, I have to say I have an extensive sad-sack-of-a-feeling for the “box” under the bodywork. I’m not entirely sure how it got so ingrained in our society but the look is definitely there. If you’re finding a car that comes with a “box,” you’re in luck. It’s probably something you’ve always wanted to do, but never really got around to doing. You can always try sending it in for an appraisal, but if the car doesn’t improve upon its original condition, you’re probably going to have to pitch it to a dealer for a repair.

Don’t Forget About Engine

Here’s one thing that every car buyer should know: Every car has some wear and tear inherent in its construction. The engine is one of the most important components in your car, and it’s going to look significantly different in each model you purchase. If the engine on your car is in pretty good shape, you can drive it as is. But if it needs work or a tune-up, you’re going to have to drop some serious cash on the car.


The process of finding a used car is one of the most lucrative in all of automotive history. It’s usually found at a local car dealer, where you can purchase the car for a very low price. Once you’ve the perfect car for you, you can drive it anywhere you like, as long as the destination is big enough parking lot and there’s plenty of room for everyone. When it comes to finding a used car, you should make sure you’re keeping your budget at least as low as possible. This way, you won’t have as much cash waste in your car and end up with a cheaper product than if you go all out. Additionally, you should be mindful of the quality of the car and make sure you’re happy with the final product. The difference in price could lead to as much as $800 (or more) in discovered expenses, so make sure you’re happy with your purchase. And while you’re at it, why not shop around for car dealers? The more places you go, the less competition you might get into a bidding war with other dealers so you can save on marketing costs and still get what you want.