Valeraine Anaïs. Used Car. April 27th , 2020.
A used car can be a valuable asset if you know how to look after it. After all, not having to worry about an expensive car payment every month is nice! But, just because you own a used car doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a luxurious interior, or sparkling exterior. If you’ve decided to keep your used car around for awhile, take advantage of the following 5 tips. They will help your car look younger! 1). Wax your car twice a year. Have you ever seen a car with dull spots, rust, and faded paint? It makes the car look like an old clunker, even if it really isn’t that old! Regular waxing protects your car’s paint from the elements. Sun, snow, dust, and humidity can all do a number on your car. If you want to hang onto that new-car shine, invest in a good waxing every six months. And, if you really want to get fancy, you can have a body shop professionally remove all of the dents, dings, and scratches that are putting a damper on your car’s appearance.
When you are looking to buy a used car, there are a few questions you should always ask the seller to make sure you are getting a good deal. There are some great bargains to be had out there, but how do you know if the car you are interested in is going to break down within 5 minutes of driving? You’ve had a good look at the car and everything looks ok, but are you really sure if the car is a good deal? To avoid being ripped off, make sure you ask the seller the following questions: Overview – Have a good look over the car. Check for bumps, dents and signs of rust and make sure to point anything you find out to the seller. Check that all the locks work and the petrol cap fits correctly. Have a look at the engine and asked if it has been changed in any way. Check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car matches the one on the Vehicle Registration Certificate.
Pick Your Car And Prepare To Negotiate. Most cars are priced to negotiate. There is usually about 10-15% reduction in price available, so you need to haggle for it. Again, bring someone with you who is familiar with the car buying process and will help you bargain for a better price. Consider Conditioning The Car On An Inspection. If the car is more than a couple thousand dollars, or really, even if it is less, you may want to make the sale contingent upon a clean inspection. You will need to factor this inspection into the budget and it can run you up to nearly a thousand dollars. However, the headache and frustration it may save you in the long run makes it worth it. Close The Deal and Drive Off In Your New Car. Try to pay for your car in a cashier’s check instead of cash. It is the same thing, but it leaves a paper trail. Make sure you have agreed upon everything and have a bill of sale in writing. You do not simply want a word of mouth agreement because you then have no proof of the sale or any changes they agreed to make after the sale.
Accidents – Has the car been involved in any accidents? You can check this by contacting the DVLA as they have records of every car in their database. Reason for Sale – Are you buying from a private seller or a used car dealer? If it is a private sale, why is the owner selling? Ask them to be honest and admit any problems the car may have (e.g. oil leaks). Ask the seller if they have been happy with the car. Extras – What extras does the car have? (Air conditioning, electric windows, CD player etc) Check that they all work. Fuel Efficiency – Ask how many Miles per Gallon the car does. If you plan to drive the car over long distances you will want a car that is fuel efficient. Test Drive – Always take the car out for a test run to see how it handles. A test drive is a good way to see if the car has any problems.
Now pretend that you keep your 2003 Toyota Camry or that you are the buyer this year that bought it for $6,000. You have no car payments, so if you get laid off from your job or have other temporary financial setbacks, there is no stress from the possibility of the car being taken by the repo man. Granted it’s a used car so we might need a little extra for repairs, let’s say $100 a month. You still need to get the oil changed and regular maintenance done on the car like the new car, but you don’t need to sweat over a few coffee spills on the upholstery or scratches and dings on the paint since you know the car will be worth little when you are ready to get rid of it anyway. Where will you be in six years if you sock away the extra $220 dollars a month in a rather lousy investment CD with a rate of one percent? You will have $16,000 in savings. That is surely plenty of money to buy another nicer and newer car.
Interior Points: Functionality of features and electrical components – There is nothing more irritating that trying to adjust a side mirror that has electronic controls and finding out that it does not work. The same goes for various lights in the dash and other important controls like the hazard lights. Evidence of Smoke or odors – For many of us a buying a car that was once smoked in is not a choice we would want to make. Same goes for other odors or spills. A car that has had a lot of food spilled or chemicals could cause health problems down the road. Under the Hood: Fluid levels and hoses and belts – While these may seem an easy thing to check yourself the question is whether or not you know where every belt, hose or fluid container is. Miss one and you might be walking home at some point or calling a tow truck!
What do you need to remember when buying a car? Remember, it’s an investment, so make sure it is the right one. Most people tend to go for the look, the glitz, the engine and other such features. It is recommended to make an informed decision by taking all following aspects into account: Car History ==> Buying a used car can be difficult, and somewhat of a gamble. You can put the odds in your favor by knowing all you can know about the car’s history. This includes number of previous owners, if the car was involved in any accidents, any previous mechanical failures and its maintenance history. Ensure that car Odometer has not been tampered with ==> Simply look at the dashboards to see for marks, or if it is loose. This generally is a sign of tampering. Also look for service stickers under the hood or inside of the car. They will contain latest readings, and you can match them against the current read.
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