How to Analyze the Stats and History of a Used Car

Before you buy a car from a dealership or privately, it is your responsibility to analyze the stats and history before making a commitment. Although most reputable car dealerships do offer some type of safety certification, you need to go though that carefully to ensure there are no inconsistencies. Regardless of whether you’re buying a used vehicle or a new one, it is an expensive investment and not one that requires a laid back approach.

When it comes to an almost assured investment, at least for the next few years, new vehicles are a great choice but are also considerably costlier than used vehicles. But even new cars aren’t problem proof considering they are manufactured in some plant, by someone and mistakes and oversights do happen. The odometer is probably the most important component of a vehicle and is also says a lot about the wear and tear and overall condition of the vehicle. However, there are a number of car dealerships that tamper with this too by switching the kilometers back to a previous point in time.

Sadly, there’s no affirmative rule to confirm if the kilometers are actually the right ones or not. The best thing you can do is compare the previous owner’s slips and the odometers readings to see if they match up. But people who turn back kilometers know how the game is played and leave no room for you to find out with this method. It gets even harder when you’re buying a used vehicle that has had more than two previous owners as you will have to go through more records. The best thing to do is to always buy a used vehicle from a highly reputable dealer even if the deal is extremely sugar coated and one that is extremely appealing.

The next step is to get a hold of the vehicle history report, which is usually is provided by the car dealer before you buy the vehicle. The car report will reveal a number of important things of the vehicle including the number of accidents it has been involved in, the number of kilometers, etc. Even if you are buying a used car with a high number of kilometers at a low price, the wear and tear or in this case the number of accidents can’t be ignored. The number of accidents indicates how carelessly the vehicle was driven through the years, which will give you a good idea of the amount of repairs you will incur as long as you own it.

Each car a VIN number, which helps you easily pull up the stats of the vehicle, but there are still a number of things that are still a mystery. These mostly pertain to the vehicles actual components such as the engine, transmissions, suspension systems, radiators, which all happen to be extremely expensive repair jobs. Even if you’re buying a vehicle from a reputable car dealership, it is best to have your own mechanic perform a thorough check. No one works for free, and even if your mechanic charges you a few bucks for the inspection, it will definitely save you future trips to the garage. Before you invest in a used vehicle, you need to be confident that you get your money worth and it is not a lemon that will be good for scrap a few months down the line.

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