Buying a car is, possibly, one of the most important investments you can do. For this reason, there are multiple steps you should consider, before making your decision. We hope our guide to selecting the best used car will help you to accomplish that.
Establish a budget
When establishing a budget for buying a used car, it is important that you take into consideration the charges that come with insurance, registration, maintenance and running costs.
Do your research
After settling how much you can afford to spend, you can start doing your research. And it’s genuinely important that you allow yourself plenty of time to get acquainted with the prices on the market. For instance, if you want to convey the market’s price of a car that you have in mind, try looking on the Internet for various used car ads.
If you stumble across a car whose price is much lower than the market price, you should be wary – the car may not be as good as the owner claims it to be.
Select the car
As you’re in your quest for finding the ideal vehicle, we recommend that you read plenty of reviews for the car you wish to purchase. Plus, always consider checking whether the newest model of that car is soon to be released – this can help you to haggle on the price.
Contact the seller
Now this is when all the fun begins. When you finally found the car, and you think it’s right for you and your needs, you should contact the seller. Don’t be intimated to ask plenty of questions, you need to find out as much as possible about the vehicle so that you know what you’re paying for.
Consider asking about the amount of time the seller has had the car, the reason he/she is selling it, if it suffered any accidents or serious damage, its condition and whether it will meet an RWC or not. Also, pay attention to the seller’s reactions to the questions. Body language can also indicate whether he/she is reliable or not.
If you’re buying the car from a private seller, we recommend that you meet at his/her house. The seller’s personal information should coincide with the ones on the registration certificate.
Check the car’s record
Even though you might believe that the seller is reliable and honest, that doesn’t mean you should take his/her word for it. You need to make sure that the car isn’t stolen, or encumbered. For this reason, please consider getting its VIN and check the state in which it’s registered.
Verify the car thoroughly
Besides personally checking the car, you should consider having it checked by a mechanic. This move can help you save thousands of dollars and prevent you from making a bad investment.
We recommend that you verify the car in daylight so that you can have a good look at all its possible defects – signs of rust or previous accidents. Take a good look under the car, inside the car, and at the tires. It’s equally important to inspect the engine for any signs of leaks or exhaust fumes.