Buying a used car is not a simple task. There are many things that a buyer must consider before eventually deciding on a vehicle to purchase. Having as much information on the process is a great way to make sure you are prepared for the purchase. It is also crucial to prevent buyers from making poor decisions and overlooking important little details that could cause you to waste your hard earned money. Below are three keys that you will want to make sure you don’t forget about when purchasing a used car.
Conduct a Thorough Inspection of the Vehicle
It is extremely important that you do a very thorough walk-around of the prospective vehicle. This can be one of the most important evaluations in the entire process of buying a used car. If you are not knowledgeable in automobiles, you can at least look for obvious things such as fluid leaks, physical damage such as dents, cracks or chips in the glass or windshield, cracked or broken belts, rust, and things like these. Then if the vehicle passes your physical inspection, you can see if the seller will allow you to have the vehicle inspected by your own mechanic or another third-party. Oftentimes, private sellers will have no problem with this, however, dealerships may require you to use their mechanics for inspection. That is why it is important to buy from a reputable dealership if you are going to be purchasing your used car from a dealership. In addition, you can usually get a used car warranty added on if you buy from a car dealer which can ease the worry.
Do a Thorough Test Drive
Don’t buy a car without a test drive. That is pretty obvious but there are some things you may not think about on the test drive that you should check out. Certainly it is important to make sure it drives well and there are no shakes or vibrations and such, but also make sure all of the interior functions work properly. Check the radio, CD player, all of the lights, odometer, fuel gauge, power locks or windows, power seats. In general, just ensure you do a full check of all of the working parts and features before you actually start driving because after the drive you will often forget to do such inspections.
Get a Vehicle History Report
Make sure you get a vehicle history report on the car or truck you are looking to buy. You can often get a CarFax at a dealership or a private seller will often be able to supply this for you. If it is a private seller, see if he or she has the car history records for oil changes, transmission service, and all of the other important routine maintenance. Another very good resource is the free AutoCheck vehicle history report available at the Kelley Blue Book website. All you need is the VIN and you can get good report on a vehicle that includes water damage, odometer rollback, salvage, and more.
So we have touched on three very important steps to consider when buying a used vehicle to make sure you do not buy a bad used car. Of course, there are many more things to consider but these are three that will ensure the car or truck you are considering is a quality vehicle.
Source by Pierce Anderson