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Buying a used car is very different from buying a new car. Since there is uncertainty regarding the vehicle’s past, it demands that the buyer take precautions to ensure that it is in good condition and will fit their needs.
One of the first things that you should do when buying a used car is to ascertain why the seller is selling the vehicle. Oftentimes, someone will try to sell a vehicle when it has begun to develop mechanical problems. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek to have a qualified mechanic check the vehicle thoroughly prior to purchasing it. Even if you already know about mechanics, two sets of eyes is always better than one and a qualified mechanic will be able to help you spot potential problem areas.
Before committing, have your car reviewed with a service such as Carfax or Auto Check. This will give you an idea of your vehicle’s past; wrecks, maintenance, ownership transfer, and gaps in the vehicle’s written history. You should thoroughly inspect the vehicle for evidence of involvement in accidents such as dents, crashes, and misalignments. Although the vehicle may be able to function, the fact that it may have been in an accident means that you should be able to negotiate a lower price or look at a vehicle that may have a cleaner record. A previously damaged vehicle may have hidden surprises causing faster wear on critical parts leading to major problems in the future.
Finally, you should inspect the interior of the vehicle and check the upholstery, the air conditioning, and all the controls to make sure that they are working. Often times, a vehicle’s condition can be an indicator of how well it was taken care of and if it received regular service and maintenance. A test drive is a must. The vehicle should feel sturdy and you should feel comfortable driving it. When in doubt, bring along a friend who has extensive knowledge of vehicles to help.