“Buying a used car raises the expectations one has of itself straight in line with the owner of a new car.”
Does buying a used car cause loss of focus, lackluster approach? Or does it prepare you to go against the odds and find the perfect vehicle for your family? You need to prepare yourself days and months in advance. The moment when you first thought of buying a used car to the time you have compared the benefits against new models marks the journey of a man who has equipped itself to dodge the trick questions of a car salesman. What are the questions to ask when buying a used car?
“The overconfidence could work in the dealer’s favor, and lack of it can put a dent in your hopes to secure the right deal. You should think about following the rules, leaving the confidence aside.”
Follow the 5-steps to find the car you have always dreamt of buying:
- Buy a Car for Your Family, Not What Looks Good on the Road
Your top priority should be to buy a car that fits the requirements of your family. The number of family members and lifestyle are deciding factors. Do you want to buy an SUV or Hatchback? Once you figure the first riddle, it would become easier to select the model and manufacturer. The next step is to check the number of features available in the model.
A common mistake families make in ignorance and never realize it before it’s too late is they picked a car keeping too many factors in mind that had nothing to do with their family or requirements. You should spend some time chalking out what’s required and what not. Silly mistakes or error in judgment cost a lot.
2. Cars have a History and You Should Know it first
Buying a used car is an investment. You don’t want to lose the return on investment by missing the opportunity to check the vehicle’s history report. How many times has been repaired and for what reasons? Take a step further and check whether the engine has any kind of stains or not. The brake fluids could also give you an idea of the actual condition. These are some of the technical aspects. You cannot expect to make the right judgement unless you know what to check and where to check. It brings us back to the earlier point that preparation sharpens your knowledge to sense the dark areas upon a glance.
- Test Drive the Car to Reaffirm the Gut Instincts
A test drive would either support your theory or reject it vehemently. There’s no further proof required to authenticate it. The moment you take the steering wheel into your hands, you can start seeing what’s missing or kept hidden from you. The engine noise, wheel alignment performance and suspension of the car reveals itself. The feel factor seals the fate of the deal. The comfort factor is essential, considering you have to drive the vehicle daily.
The buyers should hold onto doubts till the time they don’t take a test drive. They know the vehicle wouldn’t lie to someone sitting at the steering wheel. It’s the beauty of the relation between a man and a machine. They both have got a fine-tuning to assess the needs of one another. Buying a used car establishes your skills as a driver in unique ways. Suppose you have checked several vehicles and found one or the other thing missing in all of them. When you find a car of your choice, everything starts coming back to your mind what you experienced missing in the last vehicles.
- Safety Features to Ensure Safer Roads
Families have concerns about the safety aspect when buying a used car. They’re right in raising the question before someone else does it for them. The safety of family members is a top priority, and it ensures the safety of others on the road. You should probably wait for the test drive in this case. Car manufacturers have to comply with industry standards, and as a part of the responsibility, you should check whether the car meet those safety features or not. How do you do that? Some of the common points to check are ABS and airbags etc. You can check the details online about a particular model. You should keep on making a list of things missing or not functioning at all. It would come in handy in making the final decision, and especially during the negotiation period.
- Check Documents, Proprietorship and Maintenance Costs
The price of the car isn’t the actual cost you spent on buying a used car. There are other factors too. The fuel costs hit us first. You’d have realized or informed about the number of times you need to take the car for repair every year. Above all, you can get accurate information from someone who has driven the vehicle and knows everything about it. You need to verify the person as the real owner. You should confirm the ownership to satisfaction.
Do you want to be put into an uncomfortable situation? Nobody does. We advise you to check the original documents to have clarity, assurance and peace of mind. The auto-theft cases are common, and you may be an unlikely victim, but why take the risk.
We’ve talked about how confidence could cripple you both in the case of abundance and scarcity. When you buy a used car, your knowledge is crucial to find the right vehicle. We still expect the confidence to play a big part. You should bring it to negotiate the price. It’s the only time you can dominate and know what you’re talking. You’re in the safe zone. You know you’ve found the car you wanted, and now it’s the time to show the skills. The confidence also comes from the fact that the car is worth the investment and you should make it a part of your family.
Mary Staab is a San Diego based Auto Financing blogger with many year of experience covered with Car sell/buy in San Diego, Financing and trading Autos. She has started her carrier from Auto City in 2010. Auto City only offers the highest-quality used cars for sale at extremely competitive prices. That special combination of quality and affordability ads up to one thing – real value to you, the customer.