There are lots of people buying second hand cars simply because buying a new car is quite expensive. It might seem inefficient but second hand cars have proven to be more beneficial than actually owning a new car. For instance, depending on your budget, you can get a slightly used second hand car that might appear still new. Every city has new used car sale lots popping up left and right which has given rise to this trending mentality. However, there are a few scams out there trying to exploit unsuspecting victims. If you are planning on buying a second hand car, here are some pointers that will definitely come in handy during the whole process.
How Was The Certification Handled?
Before used cars are certified, they are thoroughly inspected. However, there are a few malicious used car salespeople who might fake these pre-certification inspection papers just to get richer from selling problematic cars. On that note, don’t take anything for granted but rather, you should conduct your own inspection and ask for proof of documentation to assess whether the inspection was conducted thoroughly and if the certification is up to date. Even better, you will have an idea of what areas where fixed before certification and the likely problems you are likely to encounter in the future. Manufacturers are the main sources of certifications for pre-owned cars, so you need to check who is behind the certification.
Who Was The Previous Owner Of The Vehicle?
There needs to be proper documentation on the previous owner of the vehicle. Even better, you need to ask for previous maintenance records and how the sale occurred (such as a trade-in, bidding etc). These documents will help you assess the likely problem areas of the car in the future in order to prepare yourself accordingly.
Is A CarFax Report Available Before Purchase?
Most of the reputable dealerships will provide this report immediately but other dealers might provide customized reports or even fail to provide the document at all. Ask for this report right away and verify if the VIN number written down matches with the one on the car.
How Long Do Test Drives Last?
There are a few used car dealers who might allow you to take the car for a spin overnight. On the other hand, others will limit test drives to a few hours or miles. Therefore, you need to ask about the allowance on a test drive to make sure you scrutinize the car effectively before making a purchase. During the test drive, you need to check whether the mileage on the car is up to acceptable standards or if the engine is in a good working condition etc.
Is There A Return Policy?
Most dealers don’t have return policies in hand for any purchased second hand car. However, it’s good to ask just in case you find issues with the car after taking it home. There are a few who offer return policies but rather than refunding the money for the purchase, they simply exchange the car with another of the same value.
Are There Discounts For Paying In Cash?
There are a few financing options available for buying second hand cars. On the other hand, there are a few dealers who are likely to have discount offers for people who pay in cash. In that case, you need to inquire about these offers to make sure you get the car for the cheapest and most affordable price. On the other hand, there are a few who give out free merchandise to every buyer so don’t miss out on such offers.
What’s The Trade In Policy?
Most used car dealerships deal with trade-ins where people can exchange their cars for another at the same price or add a little extra cash. If you are buying a second hand car, you need to ask about the trade-in policy available just in case you need to resell the car in the future.