Top Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car
Thinking of purchasing a used vehicle, though not quite sure what to look for – or stay away from? Choosing between the used cars or trucks available doesn’t have to be a headache if you know what to look for. Here’s a simple checklist of the most common elements that can affect your purchase. While some factors may be blatantly visible, others you should discuss with the sales representative before test driving.
Many drivers believe that a vehicle is unreliable if it has already accumulated high mileage. However, this is not always the case. In fact, there are many factors that can affect the general statement such as the year and make of the vehicle, as well as how the vehicle was maintained. It could be beneficial to inquire about the maintenance of the vehicle – if the engine or other major parts have been replaced or rebuilt – which can significantly change the impact of the current mileage on the performance.
Accidents and Body Damage
Having an accurate knowledge of accident reports, body damage and repairs that a vehicle has undergone can give you a rough idea of how that vehicle will perform for you. It can also give you an insight on potential issues that may occur in the future or extra maintenance that you should ensure. While test driving, you should always take notice to the alignment of a vehicle. This can also show clear signs of damage or faulty repairs.
Since every driver has a different style of driving, it is always good to know exactly how many owners have come before you. Depending on the year and manufacturer of the vehicle, excessive owners can often have a negative impact on the vehicle performance. It should also raise a red flag on potential issues.
How to Avoid Buying a Lemon
It is not uncommon for car shoppers to bring their mechanic to inspect a vehicle before purchasing. While some dealerships may understandably restrict or limit access to full inspections – most will provide a detailed report that your mechanic can verify. Researching various manufacturers, reviews and vehicle models before shopping can also be a huge help in avoiding the purchase of a lemon. Have a clear idea of the type of vehicle you are looking for and the price range you are willing to spend. It can never hurt to keep a list of questions with you so you don’t forget anything important! When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle – even if it is used, every detail counts!