Leonie Céline. Used Car. August 16th , 2020.
If you are buying a car with cash then this is a really easy step to follow, just only spend what you can afford. So now you have decided on the car you are after and the budget you have to spend now you just need to locate that car in that budget, it sounds simple but this is by far one of the hardest bits. I personally look for low mileage cars as they still will have a lot of life in them, I rather have an older lower mileage car than a newer higher mileage car as I just feel that the older car would have had an easier life. Where do you look when you are after a used car? Well I would first cruel through your local news papers and see whether any of you local car dealers have the car you are after then if they do go round and organise a test drive. When you are sure that the car is the car for you then walk away and try and find that car on the internet at the lowest price you can.
Fluid leaks – Many people might overlook a small drop of oil or some other fluid here and there, but these are sure signs of potential future problems that will need to be addressed. A car that is running like it was designed to should not be leaking anything.
Check out at least 10 different cars that fall within your price range before making a decision. Take a friend or family member who is knowledgeable about cars to look at them and test drive each car. They will notice things that might otherwise be missed by you or a car buying novice. Test Drive Your Top Three One More Time. Make sure you ask any and all questions you may have about the vehicle, no matter how ridiculous they may seem. Asking about how many previous owners there were, if it has been in any accidents and what the damage was, have any major parts been replaced or rebuilt, has anyone smoked in the car, or anything else you want to know is a fair question. Do Your Research. Simply knowing the value of the car you are interested in is not enough. Still check out the Blue Book value, but also find out common maintenance problems with cars that are that make, model, and year. Check out the CarFax report on the particular car you are thinking of buying to make sure it was properly maintained and not in any serious accidents. Make sure that if you are looking at Mitsubishi cars and one has been in an accident, they replaced broken parts with genuine Mitsubishi parts.
Ownership – how many owners has the car had? Generally the less owners the better, and if you are buying from the original owner they will be able to tell you everything about the car’s history. Be wary if the owner is selling after having the car for a very short time – ask them why they are selling. Also, the type of owner can indicate how the car has been driven. Are you buying it from a woman or are you buying it from a 20 year old man? Mileage – how many miles has the car done? Does it equate to roughly 10,000 – 12,000 per year? If it is much higher, be aware the engine will have suffered more wear and tear so try to haggle the price down. Service History – Does the car have a full service history? Ask to see the Service book and check the records and make sure each service has been stamped by a garage.
The best way to avoid these potential money pit or safety problems is to get the first car inspected. There are a lot of car inspection services. out there to choose from. Some people even use friends or family to check out the car. No matter who you use; you should always have certain things checked out. These inspection points are a must know if you really want to ensure that the car you are going to buy is both worth the money asked and reliable and safe! Exterior Elements: Previous body work or repair – A sure sign that a car may have future issues is when you discover that body work has been repaired. Knowing this can save a lot of money in the future if issues arise that could have come from a previous accident. Tire condition and tread depth – A money saver for sure is knowing how long the tires will last before you will need new ones. Another important factor in checking tires is your safety and the control of the vehicle. So, to get out of danger you need to have a safety vehicle inspection.
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!
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.
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