Ariele Asma. Used Car. February 11th , 2020.
Buying a second hand car can be a big pain in the bum but with the right information and a little bit of guidance you can pick up a real bargain. A second hand car does not have to be a banger of a car it can be only 6 months old, so dispel any prejudices about second hand cars. Everybody likes a brand new car but if you think about it logically the people that buy brand new are losing a lot of money! When you drive a car off the forecourt of a car dealership the car will instantly depreciate in value and that is a really big problem. There is no exact figure about how much a new car will lose when it is driven off the forecourt but a reasonable guess would be 30% this is based on what I have seen in the past.
Under Carriage: Previous collision damage – Body work is one thing but repairs to the car’s frame or other under carriage elements should be a concern. While usually good such repairs can raise safety concerns in the future as well as affect the car’s overall life span! Rust – Rust can be a problem for any car. Cars that were located in humid areas or near the ocean should be of considerable concern for the fact that rust could lead to needed repairs of the exhaust system and other important frame elements. Test drive: Car handling – Many people when driving a car will only catch the obvious issues. There are many small but very important things that can happen during a test drive though that will indicate if the car is in good condition and running as smoothly as it should. Sounds – One of the best ways to tell if things are right is by the sounds the car will make during different performance tests. Unless you are an expert you will probably not pick up on most of these as they can easily be masked by the overall sound of the motor or road noise. To get safe you need to have motor vehicle inspection.
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.
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.
5). Keep the inside as clean as the outside. For some reason, people are much more tolerant of a mess in their cars than a mess in their homes. Even the most organized people can wind up driving around in a car that’s full of dirt and junk. Things that you never think about – like dirty floor mats, stains on your upholstery, and the kids’ toys rattling around – can make your car seem like an old trash heap. You don’t need to buy a new car to feel luxurious driving around; you might just need some stain remover or some new floor mats. Either way, keeping the interior of your used car clean can make a world of difference!
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.
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.
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