One of the most common overlooked steps in the buying process is doing proper title research. Make sure any car you purchase has a clean title. Sure, it’s possible to make money on cars with clouded titles, but in my experience they just make things more complicated and typically the extra effort doesn’t pay off.
I once lost a lot of time and money on a 2008 Ford Focus because I didn’t do proper title research upfront.
The seller signed over what I thought was a clean title. I later found out that the seller gave me an obsolete copy of the title, and the car had actually been branded salvage.
All I needed to do was check the VIN number at vinchecker.net before buying, but I was impatient. Big mistake on my part. Learn from my mistake and do proper title research before you buy!