How to Buy a Used Car in the USA – A Guide for Non-Resident Aliens Part 1

We recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee in the second week of August 2015. Since we came from across the world, we couldn’t bring our car over. In the United States, if you don’t have a car, it is extremely difficult to travel and move from one place to another. It’s not impossible, but very difficult, unless you live in cities with a well developed train or bus system. Our situation is made even more complicated because we have a toddler that would also love to go places with us.

If I had at least USD 5,000 in cash, I would have been able to find a serviceable car that is quite old, with high mileage, but would still function well. But alas, I didn’t have that amount of money.

I could also apply for a loan. But my problem is that, as a new non-resident alien in the US, I didn’t have a credit history. That fact alone, meant that I couldn’t simply walk into dealerships and expect a good rate from them.

It took me quite some time to find a car. But thankfully, I did. Here’s how I did it. I hope this guide on how to buy a used car in the USA could help you, too.

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