Alhertine Elia. Used Car. July 16th , 2020.
You might think that’s still a bit old. Not all old cars are that bad. Within the last 10 years or so regulations have been put in place to control emissions and get better gas millage. Some car companies like Toyota or Honda have been doing this all along regardless of laws. For example I drive a year 2000 honda civic. Its not the pinnacle of ’green’ technology but think on this I get around 25-30mpg. This car is now 9 years old. Many cars today can just match that, and some can’t even reach that high of millage. It also has always passed California smog check and emission checks. California is notorious for its strict emission control standards. So if it can pass those tests it’s a good, clean running car. And since the car is quite a few years old it’s not going to be all that expensive, especially if its found at an auction where you say how much you’re willing to buy it for.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Depending on how long you have been driving, you will probably have had at least one car you have wanted to sell, and if you have ever tried to sell a car, you will certainly understand the minefield that is the used car market. There are many reasons why you may think to yourself ’I want to sell my car’; perhaps you want to buy a newer, or better, car; perhaps you have developed an environmental conscience and wish to ride a bike, or take public transport; or perhaps you simply need to raise a little capital in a short space of time, and think that selling your car would be the perfect way to do so. Selling a used car can take time and money. If selling privately, there are the associated costs of advertising, which can reach in excess of £150 if the car is advertised with a coloured photo. There is also the time involved, it is unlikely that the first person who views the car will take it, and so, more often than not, multiple viewings are necessary, these take up valuable free time and can be a great inconvenience. Alternatively, if selling with a dealership, it is unlikely that you will receive a good price for your car.
Question: How many miles is on the vehicle? Hopefully you shouldn’t have to ask this question because the mileage of the vehicle should be disclosed upfront. But, you might want to ask if it has changed. Some sellers drive their car around while trying to sell it. If someone drives 100 miles a day to and from work, that can significantly increase the mileage over one or two weeks. Price depends on a number of factors and mileage is one of those important factors. Question: Has the car recently been serviced or has it undergone any recent repairs? This answer can lead you to a great car. We tend to think of cars that get serviced as bad (they need repairs after all). With that said, it does mean that the vehicle is serviced, up-to-date, and recently repaired. This is good because it also shows signs of an owner who cared for the vehicle, which you benefit from. Also, keep in mind that the more recent the repairs are the less you will have to spend on them upfront.
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