Buying a used car can be highly advantageous; after all, it can save you an awful lot of money, which as we all know is important considering today’s current economical climate. However, if you do not complete a thorough car check before buying the used car in question. then you may end up spending more money than you would have if you had bought it brand new. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you know exactly what to look for before making the final decision as to whether you should purchase the car. This blog post aims to get you on your way by providing you with some tips and giving you a helping hand.
The first glance
The first thing you obviously need to do is check the condition of the car with your own eyes. Have a look to see if there are any scratches or scuffs on the paintwork and make sure that the interior and the trunk are in good condition. Make sure that you check literally everywhere; under the hood and under the seats.
The test drive
In addition to checking the actual look of the used car, you also need to make sure that everything is in top working order. It is highly advisable that you take the car out for a test drive. You would test drive a new vehicle so make sure you do the same for a used one as well. Not only will this be able to give you an idea of whether you feel comfortable in the car but it should also be able to give you an indication as to how good of a condition the car is in. You should also make sure that all of the features inside the car, such as the radio and the air conditioning, are working.
Another area you need to look at when carrying out a car check is some vital information, for instance, the car’s service history and age. In order to decipher how old the car is, you should have a look at the mileage. This also allows you to spot any red flags; the older the car is, the higher its mileage. Therefore, if you are looking at a car that is eight years old and its mileage is unrealistically low, then you know something’s not quite right. Furthermore, when it comes to the car’s service history the owner should be able to provide you with this information, so make sure that you ask them for it.
Nevertheless, some aspects of a car check cannot be carried out by you or me, and so it is highly advisable that you consider the aid of a professional service. There are dedicated websites and businesses that can provide you with literally any information you wish to find out about the car you are considering buying; whether it has been reported as stolen, its damage history, whether the number plates have been changed etc. This is an assured way to know for 100% certain that you are buying a legit and credible car. Of course, you can eliminate the need to do this by purchasing used vehicles through a reputable dealer, like Holden dealerships, rather than going directly to the seller. If you do this, you have a much greater level of protection should something go wrong.
So, if you are considering buying a used car, then don’t forget to carry out a thorough car check. Otherwise, you may live to regret it.