A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Used Car

Never Get Taken For a Ride Again…..

Sometimes you simply need to buy a used car because it makes economic sense. At times, it allows you to own that car model you always desired.

Buying a used car can be tricky. Salesmen have been known to use every trick in the book to push a used car they want to sell off. You must be prepared with some essentials to make sure that you aren’t taken for a ride.

Keep these factors in mind the next time you are out to buy a pre-owned vehicle:

The Engine:
To an experienced eye, the look of an engine can reveal many things within a minute. Take a trusted and experienced mechanic along with you to check the engine. The odometer in itself might not be the best indicator of the health of a car.

Service History:
Even if the car is rarely used, servicing it once a year remains essential. Go through the car’s service log to see whether the car has been serviced on a yearly basis. It will also tell you when the car has experienced major accidents or mechanical faults.

It might take some persistence, but it is absolutely possible to find a used car that has been impeccably maintained. It is a safer bet to look for cars manufactured by companies having an extensive network of service providers.

Avoid buying cars which have been out of production as hunting for spare parts can be an ordeal.

Test Drive:
A test drive is a must if while buying a used car. Take the cars you like for a test drive. If you’re an experienced driver, this will help detect any obvious problems.

Pay attention to suspension, ease of driving, noises from the engine, apart from the obvious such as steering, brakes and gears.

Hopefully, these tips will make your next used-car shopping experience a breeze.