Buying a car is a fun experience. From the moment you decide that you’re about to upgrade your life and get a new whip to the dreams of tensioning everyone with said new whip. It’s all a very exciting period in your life. But don’t get too caught up in the excitement, there are some important things to consider when it comes to buying a new car, especially one that has been used. Keep reading to find out more.
1. Know your budget. Stick to your budget.
This is pretty self explanatory and can’t be stressed enough. In order to avoid disappointments and lots of wasted hours, set out a reasonable budget for yourself and internally agree with your self and alter ego that this is a set budget.
2. Do some research
Do as much research on the car model you intend to purchase. Know the ins and outs of the problems associated with this model and what to expect. Read about the typical repairs you may have to deal with on purchasing this car and the price points for this car.
3. Inspect the owner, not just the car
This sounds strange to do but trust us, it’s totally worth it. You can tell a lot about a person by how they maintain their car. Consider this when you’re buying a used car, especially if you’re buying privately. Inspecting the owner will allow you to figure out if this person is trustworthy or not. Consider if the person is willing to sell off the car or not. Also, it is important to note if the person is open to answering your questions about the history of the car.
4. Use your own or a trusted mechanic
It’s better to test drive the used car you intend to buy. In the course of test driving the car, use that opportunity to have your mechanic or a mechanic you trust to inspect the car properly. This will ensure that you are aware of any undisclosed problems to the car before making a purchase. Any undisclosed problems could also act as a point of negotiation for you when trying to close.
5. Do not impulse buy
This is what you need to avoid like a plague, not carbs! Buying on impulse means you end up buying a car you have done little to no research on. By doing this, you are most likely going to end up buying a used car with several complications that you have not had adequate time to inspect and assess. This is a very costly mistake.
6. Be ready to walk away
Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. If the conditions offered are not favourable or in your budget, it’s totally ok to walk away. Prepare yourself mentally before going, this will help you frame your mind properly.
7. Consider more than one brand
If you’re looking to save money on your used car purchase, it’s a great idea to consider more than one brand. Consider making a list of two or three comparable ca brands within you budget. Also consider a Certified Preowned Car, this means your car will have a long-term warranty which will be backed by the car makers, not just the dealership.
8. Consider extra costs
When you’re buying a used car, cheap is not always the answer to your problems. It’s a good idea to consider added costs associated with the purchase of your used car. Make room for this within your budget in order to avoid any surprises or disappointments.
9. Test drive
It’s a good practice to test drive a used car before forking over all that cash. Some things to consider while on your test drive?
- Notice the car swerving on either direction or any uneven wear on the tires? The ca may be in need of a wheel alignment.
- Is the air conditioner cooling properly? Do the necessary checks to ensure it is fixable or otherwise.
- Ensure the brakes are in good condition
- Hear any funny or unusual noises? If so, you may need to double check that the engine is in good condition.
10. Check interior and exterior of car
The interior and exterior of the car can tell you a lot about the condition of your car-to -be. Check the exterior for rusting or bad paint jobs.
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