The Ford Mustang is a car famous for its curves, its growl, and its speed. Movies have been made about this vehicle and, if you’ve ever owned one, you’ve never looked back. For those planning to buy a used Ford Mustang, there are a few things to take into account while you’re on your mission.
Know Your Budget
The Ford Mustang has been around for over 50 years and you will find cars in all conditions when you begin your search. Set a price before you open your first browser. You may need to adjust your expected payment depending on what you find, but it’s safe to have a ballpark figure.
Depending on the condition of the vehicle, the year, the trim, and the motivation of the seller, you may find a variety of options. If you’re handy with automotive mechanics, you can find an even better deal on older cars that just need a couple of hours of work and inexpensive parts. The beauty of the Ford is that parts aren’t costly and are easily accessible. In older cars that have been well-loved, you can expect to replace ball joints, brakes, seals, and anything that takes the brunt of the work when driving.
Check the Body
The older, more affordable Fox body style was manufactured from 1979 to 1993. The price for a used model can be as low as $500 or as high as $15,000 in pristine condition. You should carefully check for rust in cars of this age. Vehicles can show signs of rust along the bottom of the vehicle, especially in the northern U.S. where snow and salt brine is used regularly. Check the doors, quarter-panels, hatch, flooring, and the torque box when you’re inspecting the Mustang.
If you do find rust, it may not end the sale immediately, depending on the extent of the damage. Most performance shops can replace the box and make repairs to a damaged exterior but check into these options before finalizing your purchase.
The beauty of buying a used Ford Mustang is that there are so many options available. You can choose the perfect car to compliment your lifestyle. In the mid-90s, Ford introduced a new modular engine and offered consumers a choice beyond the standard 3.8-liter V-6. The upgrade was the 4.6L V-8 with the option of a two-valve engine with 225 horsepower or a four-valve, 305 horsepower, SVT Cobra. Now Ford enthusiasts could choose the muscle behind their Mustang without changing the appearance. Additional engine options were introduced after 2005, giving even more variety to this iconic model.
Once you’ve bought your Ford Mustang, you become part of an elite club of Mustang owners and you will find car shows and collectors everywhere checking out your ride. But beyond that, whether you have a pet project to fix up a great car, are buying your teenager their first ride, or are just looking for a vehicle to get you to work and back, the Ford Mustang is easily found and easily maintained, making it the perfect used car purchase.
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