The term used cars can have both a pleasant ring and a lemon connotation to it. There is always a clear distinction if you have an acceptable deal or the opposite.
So, how do you know (really know) if you got a good deal out of a pre-loved or second-hand car?
Three reasons why people buy used cars
- More affordable: Some business owners, especially those who’s just starting can see more value in buying a used car than a brand new one.
- Doesn’t want to pay for many years: You have the funds to buy a used car rather than put up with many years of payment in a brand-new car.
- Looking for a particular model (sometimes expensive and rare): A few car lovers out there loves collecting. Instead of buying the model right away, some of them will wait a few years and buy it from someone, which drastically lowers the price.
Buying a new car will have you running for a few years without repair, but for those of you who are planning to buy used vehicles, consider these things:
Know the car’s value
Not all automobiles are made equal. Just like food, some lasts more than others. You might want to research models that have made their trademark and proven reliability on the road. Visit car dealership forums, vehicle reviews and the like. Take note of the car resale value in the market because that will help you pay for the cars’ real worth.
The rule of the thumb, the higher the mileage, the more repairs needed or even replacing of parts.
Whenever possible, bring a mechanic with you when it’s time for the car’s inspection. Inspecting a vehicle is extremely important, the more meticulous you are, the better. The examination should be on a dry day and broad daylight. Standing on a level surface and engine should be resting at least an hour before the inspection.
- Body form: are there rust, deep scratches, dents. Waviness on each side of the body indicates some paintwork. Check the roof if there are signs of water leaks, wet stains or sags.
- Tires: look for feathering or unevenness. Bad alignment can be from frame damage or worn out steering/suspension pieces. Bad alignment or tires can cause accidents.
- Frame: Frame damage even if it’s repaired will significantly decrease the life expectancy of the car, and will break down faster than without a damaged structure.
- Engine: look for corrosion and leakage. Inspect the fluid tank, if there is a leak never buy the car. It is signalling a costly repair in the future.
- Radiator: Greenish stains on the radiator is a sign of leaking since coolants have yellowish or greenish colours.
- Interior: Car seats should be right on all sides; seatbelts and seat adjustments should be functioning correctly.
- Check all controls if they are working well: such as heaters or airconditioning. The break should be excellent to avoid any untoward incidents in the future.
- Others: lights, sound system, WIFI or Bluetooth, glasses and side mirrors should be well maintained.