Buying any car is easy, but buying a good one is not; and without following the correct path, you may end up paying too much, or buying a car that won’t serve you as you would like. Here are several tips to make your experience easier while avoiding to be ripped off.
1. Set your budget
Know how much you are ready to part with, and make sure to include insurance, registration, running and maintenance costs. For finding insurance, and if you want to get a loan, shop around for the best rates.
2. Do your research
Before buying a used car, you need to take a thorough look at what is out there. To find out the current market price of a particular model, spend some time researching used car ads in your local newspaper or online. Beware of used cars with prices lower than the market price range. If you are determined to buy it anyway, ensure you have the car checked thoroughly by an expert. If the deal seems too good, run.
3. Find the right car
Browse cars by their make, body type, or price to find out a make and model that is suitable for you. Go window shopping by location, age, make and model, and all other details that might be helpful. For example, you might want a Mercedes 300 SLR, or Jeep Rescue Concept. Also, read expert and user reviews of the car you are looking for. Check out the latest car news to find out if a new model is in the pipeline, which can reduce the prices of previous models once it enters the market.
4. Contact the seller
When you talk to the seller, ask many questions such as:
• How long they have owned the car
• Why they are selling it
• If it has ever been damaged
• Its current condition
• Will it meet an RWC
• If it has any bad habits
5. Looking at the car
If the seller is a private owner and not a dealer, always visit their home address. Don’t plan to meet them somewhere. Ensure the home address concurs with the one on the registration certificate. Take a copy of the seller’s advertisement to confirm the details such as if the odometer numbers are correct.
6. Check the car’s history
No matter how genuine your seller looks, check the car’s history to ensure it is not a previous write-off, has an outstanding loan, or it was stolen. You can get the vehicle’s VIN and compare it with the state database under which it is registered. This final step can save you lots of money.
Buying a used car requires the utmost care. After setting your budget, do thorough research on the car you desire, and once you find it, check it thoroughly before you buy. Also, don’t forget to check the car’s history. Doing this will ensure you don’t get conned, or pay more than you need to.