Perhaps, the economic downturn is one of the main reasons for the growth of the used cars market. Many people opt for buying used or pre-owned cars because according to them, it is not wise to invest in new vehicles when the economy is in such a bad shape. If you are also looking to buy a used car, you should check some of the most important aspects before closing the deal.
– Firstly, you should decide your budget for buying your vehicle. You may mainly purchase the vehicle for the use of your entire family and hence, your choice of the vehicle depends not only upon your budget but on the size of your family also.
– Once you narrow down the list of the cars you are looking for, you must choose a good dealer who has pre-owned cars of these models.
– After short-listing the cars, you should make it a point to check the years of registration of the cars. Buying a car that has run more than 18,000 Kilometers is not advisable. But, while checking this, you should see if the Odometers of the vehicles are functioning well.
– The engine of a car is the most important part and so, you should check if you are able to start the engines smoothly. The other parts such as transmission, frame, tires, exhaust are equally important and hence, you should make sure that they are also in good working condition. Further, the transmission and the drive shaft should be in a durable condition. If you test-drive the vehicles along with your own mechanic, you will be able to check if all these parts including the engine and the transmission are functioning well.
– In countries like the US, you can get Car Fax reports and from them, you can know the complete history of the cars. You can know the details of the accidents, if any, also from these reports. The mileage of the cars, their erstwhile owners, etc. will also be available on these reports. You can also get the details of the inspection and service history of the cars from these Car Fax reports. The previous owners may not have reported some of the accidents but, they will also find a place on these reports.
– You should never buy flood-damaged cars because it is very risky. You can find this out by contacting the National Insurance Crime Bureau with the Vehicle Identification Numbers of the cars. You can detect this also by inspecting the cars thoroughly and by checking if there are moldy odors. If you find rust in any parts of the cars, you can conclude that floods have damaged the vehicles.
– You should check the cooling system, the radiator, the alternator and the starter of the cars. There should not be any leaks in the radiators. Brakes should be in top condition.
Even if you are well-acquainted with the dealer, you should have your own mechanic with you while inspecting the vehicles. Of course, the dealer may have his own mechanic but you should insure test-drives by your mechanic only.
These tips will help you to zero in on the right pre-owned car.