When you are trying to purchase used cars, there are a number of things that you should keep in mind. It can be difficult to sort out the more essential rules from the less so, which is why we’ve put together a list. As long as you follow our basic guidelines, you will find buying used cars easy, affordable and most importantly fun.
To begin, do your research. Make sure that you know exactly what used vehicle you would like, and what your budget is. This is the kind of research that will stop you from making an impulse buy and stretching your resources badly. It is essential that you also think of the environment in which you will use the car, the people who will be passengers and the kind of cargo you will generally need to carry. Again, questions like these stop anybody from ending up with the wrong used car, and should help point you in a safe direction.
Next up: more research. Move on to discovering dealerships or private sellers who have the used car of your choice available. If you decide to use a dealership, check online for reviews and general opinions. You should be able to get a basic idea of any companies’ strengths and weaknesses, from the comfort of your own home. Remember, though, to always take public reviews with a pinch of salt.
Once you have found the used car of your dreams, and discovered a dealership that you are happy with, you will need to view the vehicle. It is a good idea to take a checklist with you to make sure that you check everything necessary, and bring a car minded friend with you if you have any doubts. There are specific problems that anybody can look out for; such as the exhaust pumping out a lot of dark water vapour minutes after an engine start up and a messy interior underneath the hood. All the same, having a mechanic or expert friend with you, can save you a lot of headaches later.
When you are happy with an initial sight viewing, it’s time to take the used car out on a test drive. Aim for a test of thirty minutes which gives you some wiggle room to find out if you really like driving the car or not. If you can, even ask for longer, as the longer you drive a used car, the more sure you will be that you are choosing the right one. Any problems that could surface, should surface during this time, so it is essential you insist on test driving, though all dealerships should offer this anyway.
Lastly, before you finally purchase your chosen used car, make sure that any problems, queries or suggestions are cleared up before signing anything legal, or transferring any money. Be as clear as possible and really and truly only agree to purchase the vehicle if you are happy. Refusing to sign anything before you are completely content will keep you safe.