Published on July 15th, 2016 | by Diogo Costa2
5 Tips to Buy an Used Car the Right Way
Secondhand cars can be a good option for those who want to buy a car but do not want to make a very large investment in buying a car. However, buying a used car, which is obviously not in its original conservation state, requires more attention and care, both in the mechanical level, and in its final price.
In order to ensure you get a great deal, there are some things that can be done. Here are some tips that you should take into account if you want to buy a used car.
Never pay in advance
You have the right (and, to an extent, the obligation) to inspect the car you are interested in as much as possible. With this in mind, the best initial attitude in this kind of deal is to inspect, with no money involved. Show your money only when you pay, with everything already decided.
Study what you really need
Do you have a big family? Will the car be used to transport children, or just for you? These are the kind of questions that you should pose before going for that purchase. Choose a car that offers safety and comfort, especially if big travels are planned – when you hit the road, safety comes first. Items such as air conditioning and power steering are always welcome. Even the price of these vehicles can be a good surprise, especially on the cost-comfort relation.
Take a good mechanic with you, or get as much information as possible
After the car is chosen, take a mechanic with you. Ask for his opinion on the bodywork, possible engine noises, suspension, and, above all, to be honest. After all, he is prepared to see defects that you will not see. With his opinion, it is easier to find flaws, which can bust the deal or, if they are minor, can be used to bargain the price.
If you do not know or do not have a good mechanic to go alongside you, then try to read as much as possible about the subject. A good option is the blog of Auto Loan Solutions, which features the latest automotive and financial news, as well as a lot of car-related tips and advices.
Do not close the deal during the night or if it is raining
Countless buyers have been deceived by the darkness and rain, only seeing defects days later, under the sunlight. Always avoid that.
Investigate the car’s history
This is a more paperwork-related part, but it will give you important information about the history of the car. Ask to see the car’s documents and search the Internet. Some countries have entities making that information available, and some other sites may tell you how many owners the car has had, if it has ever been a taxi, if it is a lost car, among other pending issues such as fines and unpaid taxes.