Michele Shaïna. Used Car. June 11th , 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.
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.
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.
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).
These are hard times, no doubt for just about all of us. Let’s give some consideration to automobiles. There are people who have purchased new cars within the last couple of years. Sadly, since that time they have lost their jobs and can no longer afford to make a car payment in the neighborhood for $400+ per month. Before they know it, they find themselves getting their beautiful cars getting repossessed by the finance company. How embarrassing this can be for you with your neighbors, unless it has happened to them too. Now you do not have a car, your credit is ruined, you need a car, what are you to do? Maybe you have been unemployed or underemployed for a number of years. You know what tough times are all about. You wonder if that old clunker of yours is going to make it for another month or not. You don’t want to take your children in the car because if it breaks down on the road, it won’t be safe for the children. You need to get another car, but to get a bank loan and pay a lot of interest is just not possible for you. Where do you turn.
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.
So when you see someone driving a new car just look at them to say silly!! Now when looking for a used car you need to decide what you are after, this sounds obvious but for many people this is not. Do you want a 4×4 or a people carrier maybe you fancy a sporty two seaters but maybe you just want a normal family car. Once you have decided on the car you are after you need to consider the budget you have, whether you take out a car loan or whether you pay cash you need to have a budget. If you are taking out a car loan then you need to consider how much you can afford to re pay on the loan and the best advice is you need to think if you can afford the repayments if you do not work. If you can’t then maybe you should re think your budget.
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