Colette Maïssane. Used Car. March 25th , 2020.
5). Can I test drive this car? Of course, it would show signs of a scam if the owner were at all reluctant to let you take it for a spin. Pay more attention on how the car performs on hills, highways also in stop-and-go traffic. 6). Can I take this car to a mechanic? Usually for less than $100, you can easily get an expert to sniff out any less-than-obvious problems. Find a mechanic who is specialized in this kind of inspection by checking in the phone book below ”automotive diagnostic service.” 7). What is your best price for this vehicle? Once you have decided that the car passes the smell test, it is time to negotiate a deal. Perform your research first, and then be equipped to walk away if you know the seller’s lowest offer is excessively high.
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.
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.
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).
4. Test drive. Never buy a car without trying it out first. Even though you may think that the car is right for you, if you test drive it and find out that it just doesn’t fit you right or that you don’t fit it, then you should start looking all over again. Also, be sure to listen to the car while you are on the test drive for any squeaks or rattles or problems. If you hear or feel anything, be sure to get the car checked out. 5. Inspect the car. It may help to bring along a mechanic (if you are not dealing with a dealership) or to bring the car to a mechanic you trust on the test drive. This way, you will really find out if there is anything wrong with the car and if not, then you are probably in the free and clear. 6. Get a car with a background. If the owner is worth anything, they will have a full catalog of paperwork detailing all of the problems and all of the fixes that have been made to the vehicle. If you go for a car from a private party, make sure it has its paperwork. The final bit of advice is to get a car you trust. If you are purchasing a car, you will want to get a car that you don’t always wonder about when you get in to drive it. Having a car that you feel great about is one of the joys of ownership. Just make sure that you find out all you can about the vehicle before you commit to it because you don’t want to make a huge mistake.
4). Advertise- To get your car sold, you must get the attention of potential buyers. And the main way to do it is to advertise. A simple ”for sale” tag on your car is sure to get the attention of interested onlookers. You can also post your car at classified ads, both in print and online forms. When posting an ad, make sure to add as many photos and details as possible. You can also try some creative means to get buyers’ attention towards your car such as exhibition videos. 5). Seal the deal- This is the part that some sellers fail to execute. When presenting a car to a potential buyer, make sure to put your best foot forward. Also, be open for negotiations, but steer clear from those trying to lowball you. Establishing rapport and making the buyer want the car more will also help your chances. Once the buyer bites, seal the deal, and both of you will walk away happy.
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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