Points to Consider When Buying a Used Car
If you are in the market for a car, you probably know how expensive it is to buy new, yet there are risks involved when buying a second-hand vehicle. Providing you approach the purchase in the right way, you can reduce the risk of buying a dud car to practically zero, and with that in mind, here are some important aspects to consider when looking to buy a used car.
- The Service History – Every vehicle has a service history, which is recorded in the rear section of the owner’s manual, and the older the car, the longer the service history. If a second hand vehicle has a full service history (FSH), then the seller can ask top prices, providing, of course, that the car is in good condition.
- The Seller – If, for example, you purchased a 5-year old car from a private seller, then the vehicle is sold as seen, which means that anything that might go wrong from the time of the sale onwards, is the responsibility of the new owner. Should the engine develop a serious issue, this could cost you hundreds of dollars to repair, which is why you should only buy a used car from a reputable dealer, as he will issue you a fair warranty. There are cars for sale in Canberra from an established used car dealer, and they are happy to provide you with a warranty.
- Test Drive the Car – This is an absolute must, as the only way to really get the feel of the car is to drive it. Any reputable used car dealer would be happy to arrange a test drive for you, and they can show you the vehicle’s history. While at the wheel, you should note the performance of the brakes, steering, suspension, while also checking that the lights and indicators are working. If you are not mechanically minded, you could ask a knowledgeable friend to accompany you when you view the car in question, and he can take a look under the bonnet.
- The Price – Obviously, you don’t want to pay more than the vehicle is worth, and with a little online searching, you can quickly get a ball park figure on that particular make and model. If you buy from a reputable dealer, they will not ask more than the market price, and if you look after the car, you might not lose any money if you resell if after a year or two. Many motorists buy a 2-year old car, then resell it in a couple of years, which is a very cheap way to drive a prestige car, and with regular servicing, the car will retain most of its value.
Once you are sure that the vehicle you are interested in, is in good condition, the car dealer would be happy to take your current car in part exchange, which saves you having to go through the hassle of putting it on the market.
Always buy a used car from a reputable second-hand car dealer and you won’t have to worry about the car breaking down, and you can look forward to a few years of trouble-free motoring.