Macee Safiya. Used Car. January 15th , 2020.
When you are looking to buy a used car, there are a few questions you should always ask the seller to make sure you are getting a good deal. There are some great bargains to be had out there, but how do you know if the car you are interested in is going to break down within 5 minutes of driving? You’ve had a good look at the car and everything looks ok, but are you really sure if the car is a good deal? To avoid being ripped off, make sure you ask the seller the following questions: Overview – Have a good look over the car. Check for bumps, dents and signs of rust and make sure to point anything you find out to the seller. Check that all the locks work and the petrol cap fits correctly. Have a look at the engine and asked if it has been changed in any way. Check that the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the car matches the one on the Vehicle Registration Certificate.
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.
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).
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.
Reasonable mileage ==> Listed prices for cars suggest that reasonable mileage should be around the range of 12,000 miles an year. For a car with much higher mileage or in a poorer condition, the sale price should be lower. Never sign an ’As Is’ agreement ==> Read all documentation before you sign. Agree a warranty for at least 30 days, you never know what to expect with a second hand car. By signing an ’As Is’ agreement, once you drive the vehicle off the lot, anything that goes wrong will be your problem. Do not share ==> Never share this information with dealer number with your dealer. Not recommended. Shop Around ==> Don’t settle for the first car that you see. There are a lot of second hand cars being sold, you can certainly find one that suits your budget and style. With these ideas in mind, you can certainly make an informed decision.
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!
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.
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