When it comes to buying a car, there is no greater experience than buying a new car. From the moment that you step on a lot of a new car dealership, there is a range of agents jumping over each other in an attempt to get your business. All in all, it’s pretty seamless.
Buying a used car, on the other hand, is a completely different story often filled with uncertainty and potential scams.
To help you navigate a used car lot, below are some questions to ask every dealer you speak with about any potential sale.
Do You Need a Car?
Huh? Me? That’s right! The first question is for yourself. If you just need a car to collect your groceries, take out your date you found using the the Groupon Coupons page for eHarmony, or a few road trips here and there, then consider options such as car share programs which can provide you with the services of a car when you need it without any of the associated costs.
Yes, I need it
Okay, if you are sure that you need a car then the first question that you will want to ask is the previous owner.
The reason behind this question is because this is a good way to get an idea as to how the car was driven and what it was previously used for.
For example, if the previous owner was an elderly person who used the car only to run a few errands and see their friends in a local area then there is a good chance that the vehicle was treated well and that the mechanics are in good condition. On the other hand, if the previous owner was a learner driver learning how to drive a stick-shift for the first time then the transmission may be a little more worn than you are comfortable with.
Whatever the answer is, put yourself in their driving shoes and consider not only what they drove the car for, but how they are likely to have driven it during its use.
How Well Was the Car Maintained?
Of course, once you know who drove the car previously you will want to know about the level of service the vehicle received.
The best place to find this information is in the vehicle’s maintenance logbook. This will show you the dates when maintenance and repairs occurred along with information about the quality of the products which were used during these sessions.
If the dealer isn’t able to provide you with a log book then look for any stickers which indicate any level of a service provider or at least when the next service is due.
Buying a used car doesn’t have to be a nightmare experience. In fact, it can be quite enjoyable if you know what to ask. With these questions in your mind, you will be off to a good start in finding the right used a car for you.