Here are some things to ask when buying a used car
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – this saying holds true for a lot of purchases today, from clothing and shoes, to potential automobiles. However, if you are considering going down the used car route, it’s worth reviewing these 5 very important things to ask when buying a used car and before you sign your name at the dotted line. Not everyone has your best interest at heart, which is why it’s up to you to make the final decision.
5 THINGS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A USED CAR:
- Are Service Records Accessible?
If you ask a dealer about the service history of the vehicle, and they tell you there are no available service records, tread lightly. Generally, this means the car has not been serviced regularly. Or, if it has, the records tell a story that most likely will not convince you to go ahead with the used vehicle.
- Have There Been Any Accidents?
Although there should be accident reports available on the history of the car, don’t assume that these reports have caught every little fender bender. Ask the owner about all car accidents, and what damage was inflicted during the accidents. If you are unsure about the condition of the paint make sure to hire a professional to inspect the body and structure of the vehicle.
- Can I Take the Car for a Test Drive?
Just like you would with a brand new car, ask about taking the used vehicle for a test drive. This is a great way to really feel the car out on the road and ask about all noises, broken lights, and so forth. If the dealer doesn’t even want to let you take the car out, that is a massive red flag.
- Can I Have the Car Inspected?
Any truthful dealer will oblige with this question. This can be one of the most important things to ask when buying a used car. If they have nothing to hide, then an inspection should come out clean, right? However, if they seem uncomfortable with this topic and proceed with “talking you out of an inspection,” they most certainly have something to hide. You should always invest in a used car inspection, no matter how confident you might feel. A trained technician can identify issues that can help you negotiate a lower price and even budget for any future repairs.
- Do You Have the Title?
One of the important things to ask when buying a used car, particularly from a private seller, is if they have the vehicles title in hand. Many owners tend to misplace them or do not have them due to outstanding loans. Either way this is important to know as it can cause some headaches if you are interested in purchasing the vehicle.
Motovise Peace of Mind
Experienced liars and salesman might be able to fool you with some of these questions, but they can’t magically change the actual state of the car. That’s why a used car inspection is absolutely critical before you finally purchase the vehicle. Here at Motovise, we provide onsite inspections that result in peace of mind for you during the purchase process. We currently operate in NYC, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Click here to book your next used car inspection.