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Top 5 Things to Check Before Buying a Used Car
As motorists become more aware that new cars are more prone to depreciation, and the
stigma for purchasing second-hand cars on sale constantly reducing, most people are actually
browsing online for cars on sale. This transition has definitely taken decades as car models are
now lasting longer than they were decades ago. Unless one causes monumental damage to a
car, they are in pretty good shape years later,
You want to visit the next dealership for a second-hand car on sale, or are just searching online
for available options? You are definitely in the right place. The fact that you will purchase a
used car doesn't mean you buy garbage. Here are the things to look for to get the best deal.
Interior and Exterior Condition
A car that has been delicately used for a few ears may have a few dents and scratches. Some
may be sorted out with just buffing and a fresh coat of paint, but whatever it is, its and wear
and tear should not be visible.
The upholstery must also be either repaired or replaced and vacuum cleaned. Open the trunk
and the hood. Check the engine carefully. Rust may be a red flag that there could be danger
ahead. A car is basically the engine. Ensure it's in good shape. It should look as good as new.
Replace ripped off leather seats and steering. Check the accessories and ensure they are
working. Before paying your final amount, ensure the car has a clean bill of health.
Go for a test drive
If you think it looks good, then ensure it drives good. Take the car for a test drive. Every
dealership should allow this. Take it to different roads; a highway, a local road, rugged terrain,
and even slippery roads. Keep your eyes and ears open during the test drive for any unusual
While on the highway, check that the engine runs smoothly to any speed limit. You can also test
the braking system and ensure it is responsive. You have to be very careful though, as you
cannot know any damage a car carries. Do not instantly make sharp breaks unless the road is
Test it on the busy local roads to ensure that it can make sharp turns and all. Most people on
busy local roads are very unfriendly, even if you are an established driver you may have to use
the L sign as you do not know how responsive a car is.
Get a mechanic to inspect it
A used car may look good at face value, but the most important way to have some peace of
mind is to get a mechanic to check it out. Some problems may not be visible at face value and
need a professional to spot. If there is the possibility of engine failure along the way, a
mechanic is the best person to notice. a good car is not just shiny exterior and clean upholstery,
there may be hidden problems, all that glitters is not gold.
A mechanic is also the best person to give you the best price range, and this will help you know
if you are being ripped off. Of course, salespersons will try to sell the car to the highest possible
price, which can ion the long run be a rip-off. A mechanic can help you know the market value.
Review the Car History Report
Thanks to technology, companies have come up with comprehensive reports of over 6 billion
cars in their database. the report will help you make an informed decision. they include,
previous car ownership, or disputes on the same. What the car was used for; commercial, taxi
or just personal use. It also has records of accidents, both major and minor. If there have been
previous title problems, it is good to know so that it doesn't catch up with you. Other owners
may be skeptical about owning cars that have committed fatal accidents. While repairs can be
done, some may not want this kind of history around them
The comprehensive report is affordable but very handy in making an informed decision.
Check the VIN Decoder Chart.
Some second-hand vehicles are stolen, and the dealers are looking to get rid of them as soon as
possible. Be very cautious of quick sales. If its a case of love at first sight, check the VIN. So
many have been cloned from the original owner. Decoding the VIN helps ascertain that you are
not dealing with stolen property.
The five tips above will help you make an informed decision when purchasing a second-hand
car at a very fair price.
A very important point that you should not forget, is that some second-hand cars are stolen
property. You do not want to be at loggerheads with the law. Check the history and if possible,
get in touch with the previous owners to ensure that they are actually selling the car.