Adeline Lou. Used Car. April 11th , 2021.
2). What is the maintenance history of your car? Ask the current vehicle owner to show you records of oil changes, routine maintenance as well as the mechanical work that might reveal a whiff of a problem. 3). Why are you selling this motor vehicle? Do not rely on the seller’s honesty but on your own instincts with this one. If the existing owner cannot give you a plausible explanation, that can be a indication that he may be trying to pass off a lemon. If you odor a rat, move on. 4). Is this car is still under warranty? Just as when you are shopping for a fresh jug of milk, you’ll want to pick the car that has the most time left previous to the expiration date – on the warranty that is. If the warranty won’t transfer, or if it is previously expired, consider asking the seller to cut the price by what it would price to buy an extended warranty. After that you can decide whether to purchase the extended warranty or else bank the money for possible repairs.
2). Replace old, worn tires. Aside from being a safety hazard, worn tires make the rest of your car look old. It’s like wearing a designer outfit with ratty old sneakers. Shiny new tires with fresh tread make for safer driving and a newer-looking car. 3). Keep an eye on the little things. It is easy for cars to fall victim to damaged or missing trim, old junky windshield wipers, or chipped mirrors as they get older. But, a few minor upgrades can make your car look years younger – without breaking your budget. 4). Make minor repairs. This is something that can really help secondhand cars – especially if you don’t know how the previous owner treated the car. Squeaky brakes, a thundering muffler, or flapping belts can make your car seem (and sound!) much older than it really is. As an added benefit, making some small repairs now can help prevent major expensive breakdowns later.
How to check a used car?. If you have ever bought a used car you know that sometimes things are not quite what they seem. At the time of purchase the car may seem just fine and even look and sound great, but later you start finding issues with it. Maybe it is scratches hidden by buffing or a strange sound from the motor. Maybe the steering seems to get looser and looser or an indicator light starts going off now and then. These things usually are not noticed when first buying a car because some of them are covered up by the dealership or owner selling it; and others are intermittent problems that will not be observed unless you are driving the car on a daily basis. All these possible issues though should be of concern if you want to make sure to get the best deal when getting that car.
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.
There is a big concern these days about going green; caring for the environment. One of the biggest forms of pollution is cars simply because there are so many of them. Hundreds of millions of cars are running all day long, every day of the year. Some cars are newer and have better controls built in so they run cleaner and get better millage. However a lot of cars are still very old and run poorly. I’m sure many people would love to get a new car but a lot of times they are not affordable. Newer cars can be expensive. Newer ’green’ cars such as hybrids and natural gas cars tend to be even more expensive than your average base model car. So what can a person do to drive a newer car, get better millage, help reduce pollution, and save money? One answer, believe it or not, is to get a used car from an auction. Government auctions happen all the time and are a great place to find used vehicles. These used cars for auction are not your run down old junkers. No, they instead tend to be newer cars usually from within the past 10 years or less.
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.
Question: Why are you selling the car? The answer to this question might not impact your decision, but it is a good idea to have the answer. Lets look at it this way, would you rather buy a car from someone who decided to upgrade to get more room for their kids or someone who says they wanted something better? Many sellers tend to answer this question quickly and on impulse so you should get an honest answer. Question: Can I come look at the car and take it for a test drive? If you are asking all of these questions over the phone or via email, you will want to ask this important question. It is always recommended that you take a vehicle for a test drive before deciding to buy. Just because a car looks good, it doesn’t necessarily mean it runs good or will be comfortable for you to drive. Run in the other direction if a seller keeps making excuses. The car might not run or they might not even have a car to sell (common with online scammers).
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