From experience and from stories of past buyers, buying used cars has proven to be very economical. However, it also carries with it a lot risk, especially for those who do not do enough due diligence on the cars they want to buy. The first time buyer might want to consider the following before making a purchase.
Check the vehicle history
Do not just rush to the dealership on the back of an attractive ad; find out the history of the used car. There are ways through which one can get the history of the car before buying it, with details of all the previous users and the repairs done on it. Whatever the case, it is wise to avoid cars that are not from one’s region. Differences in terrain and weather might end up affecting the longevity of the car. Potential buyers should also remember that not all past users use their insurance when doing repairs so the history might not necessarily be accurate.
When it comes to test driving, do not do the polite five-minute spin around the block. The point of the test drive is not only for one to gauge the state of the car but also for them to determine whether it suits them. Take the car on tracks or roads as close as possible to what it will be used for when purchased. Take it on the highway or on some potholed terrain to gauge its structural integrity. Listen closely to the sounds it makes and test such details as the transmission and the air conditioning. Do not baby the car; drive it like it is already yours. If the dealership rep does not allow enough time for this, then perhaps they are not the right option.
Involve the professionals
Even after all this, it is impossible to get a clear picture without involving a mechanic. The technician that does the verification should be a trusted and unbiased one. The best way to get the most out of used cars is to befriend a technician and gain their trust before having them inspect the vehicle. It is not always easy to spot repairs, and involving an expert before committing oneself is important.Add to favorites