Today’s era has come up with its own variety and versions of problems. The problems faced by our fathers and forefathers still exist, but in slightly altered forms. With respect to a car, it is the budget constraints which restrict a person from purchasing a new car and maintaining an old one appropriately.
As a college graduate willing to get into university with his own transport or as a median salaried family seeking pleasant family outings, a used car remains the best option. However, it goes by the rule – used cars have their own aspirations and risks. While someone may be selling a car to get rid of some problems, one needs to be smart enough not to buy the problems. Getting the right car at a right price can be extremely challenging, especially if you are new to this.
No one wants to spend hefty amounts of their hard earned finances on something that will demand more investment in maintenance and is still destined to break down in near future. Here is a list of things to help you inspect your vehicle for possible signs of trouble.
Step 1: Check all documents and seek verification
Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), vehicle make, model, color and license plate and tally it with the original copy of vehicle registration form. Observe for signs of tampering pertaining to stolen vehicles. Furthermore, ask the owner for previous maintenance records and cross check it by calling in the service provider. Moreover, it is advisable to check vehicle history reports to see if it has been in any accidents. You will need to take all measures to ensure authenticity of the deal in order to preserve yourself from fraud.
Step 2: Self-check the vehicle
There are a number of self-check techniques to identify problems with a car. Be sure to implement them all. Even though it is not a promise of prolonged companionship, it is an adequate preliminary check to shortlist the number of viable options available to you.
Step 3: Time to test drive
If you are a seasoned driver, the test drive session will ‘talk’ to you about the car’s condition. If there are any noises apart from the normal grumbling sound of the machinery, it means trouble. Be sure to spend at least fifteen minutes behind the wheel and drive on all possible platforms – a smooth road, highway, a rocky road, speed breakers – to figure out if the car is functioning properly.
Step 4: Seek a professional mechanic to check the car
It is a good idea to hire a mechanic to check the car you have finalized. Not only will it help in identifying issues which you might have overlooked, it will also provide a real estimate of how much more investment the car will require.
Step 5: Negotiating the price
There are a number of ways which can help you determine the best price to transport your car. Getting an auto transport quote from a reliable car shipper is imperative. Make sure you are well-aware and completely determined on this rate- or you might end up spending more on the same service.