5 Important Things You Should do Before Buying a Used Car

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Buying a Used Car 

Commuting every day to get to places can be exhausting, so you should consider buying your own car to avoid the hassle. However, new cars are expensive and not everyone can afford one. But why buy a new car when a used vehicle can be purchased in a cheap price? Buying a used car is a more favorable option for most, as it can save thousands of pounds while serving its purpose. 

With that said, we know purchasing a used car can be stressful; you can’t be overcautious and lose a good deal or relax completely and end up with a sputtering old piece of junk covered in shiny new paint. Smart decision making and keen inspection of the vehicle and its history can win you a good deal under your budget. Making a checklist will ensure you get your hands on the right car. Here is a list of things you should do before buying a used car. 

1) Look for a Reliable Seller: 

Buying used car from a dealer can be expensive, but you may get dealer’s warranty and services, which would make up for the extra pounds you pay them. Buying from auction is the riskiest option, as you don’t know if the seller is dealing legally or not. If you do buy from an auction house, read the terms carefully before making a bid. 

2) Get Previous Information of Vehicle: 

With the help of Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) you can check if the vehicle you are going to buy is licensed and legal. Also, DVLA site tells if the vehicle has gone through major repairs in the past, was stolen, written off and/or has outstanding finance. 

Once you get the vehicle information such as registration number, MOT test number, mileage, make and model, match it with the data you extracted from DVLA. If it matches, go for it. If not, then you shouldn’t take the risk. 

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3) Check the Condition of the Body: 

Inspect the condition of the car; look for rusty panels, dents, and tire tread. Close inspection can reveal if the vehicle went through major repairs previously. Also examine the interior of the vehicle; dashboard, steering controls, horns, wipers, and other electric functions. 

4) Test Drive the Car: 

It is very important to test drive the car before finalizing the deal. The test drive is to notice the odd behavior of the vehicle such as rattling noise, braking system, exhaust smoke color, car performance, etc. 

While some consider test driving as a formality before buying a car, others take it very seriously. However, everyone should take this process seriously to enjoy a satisfactory ride later. The amount of time and energy you put in here is worth it at the end. Here are some things you should keep in mind while test driving a car. 

  • See if the Car Suits Your Lifestyle: Your lifestyle should be the deciding factor in selecting your new car. So, you should keep in mind things like weather conditions in your area, family size, daily traveling, and monthly budget. If you have a large family, make sure everyone fits in comfortably. Ensure there is enough space to install child seats for your children to enjoy a safe ride. In general, Canada’s weather is often cold and cloudy, so check whether the exterior of the vehicle is better adapted to your area’s climatic condition or not. 
  • Critically Observe All the Faults while Driving: Test driving the car gives you the chance to closely examine minute details of it. See if the exterior is well-modeled and the paintwork is spot on. Once you’re inside the car, get critical with each and every spec like the comfort of the seats, air conditioning, head and foot space, safety features, and interior trim. Follow this process in test driving both new and used cars. Close observations will help you make a better choice. 
  • Test Drive Different Models in the Same Day: Don’t rush into picking your new vehicle. Take your time and try out different models to make comparisons and select the best among them. Ask the car dealer/seller to let you spend at least an hour with the car you’re interested in. Check the car’s performance on different tracks like on motorways and country roads. Avoid the hours when roads are jam-packed with traffic, else there is no point of the test drive. It is recommended that you try out multiple models. Try to arrange their test drives on the same day to spot any differences. 
  • Pick Out the Model that Interests You Most: The car dealer may attempt to convince you in buying a particular model by praising its specs. Let them do their job. Test driving the vehicle to find out if that’s really worth the praise it’s accumulating. Don’t pay much heed to their opinions, because at the end of the day you know what’s better for you. 

5) Negotiate with the Dealer: 

Always buy a vehicle under your budget. Negotiate with the dealer to lower the asking price. If you feel the seller is asking for more than the vehicle’s worth and is not flexible, don’t hesitate to walk away. 

After ticking all these concerns off the list, keep in mind two important rules while buying a used car. Don’t be blinded by the shine of a vehicle, use your head instead of your heart. Moreover, never let the dealer convince you to buy a car you are not completely satisfied with. Make a confident judgment and walk away before the seller pushes you to make a decision in his favor. 

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