Month: February 2018

26 Feb

Tips for buying a used car

Tips for buying a used car

If you’re a first-timer and not familiar with all the workings that make a good car, read on. We’ll try helping make your shopping experience less overwhelming by equipping you with tips for getting what you need. If done right, it’ll be as easy as microwave food or downloading a Toronto Massage App on a day you don’t want to be stressed.

What vehicle do you want to buy?

Before going to a car dealership, know the type of vehicle you need to buy. That will make the selection process easier. It also cuts down the time it takes to get what you’re looking for and drive out with it. Check out the expected market value of the second-hand car you want to buy. Find out the specifications of the car and what an excellent running second-hand vehicle should contain.

Write down the questions you ought to ask. You can consult a blog with this information or ask a friend who’s familiar with the workings of a vehicle to explain to you what you need to look out for. That way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

Don’t go alone

Having someone with you helps keep you in check. Salespersons can be very persuasive and derail you from your goal. For them, it is about getting a commission out of every sale and won’t necessarily suggest what’s best for you. When you take a friend along, preferably someone more experienced than you are, they can note when the deal is too good to be true.

Look up the vehicle history report

If you’ve spotted the car you want to purchase, do a quick search on Carfax or AutoCheck to see if the vehicle is worth the investment. That way you’ll be able to know if the car was involved in any serious accidents or had a clean title.  You’re also able to see how many times it changed hands or if the car lot has spun the odometer back.

Don’t get emotionally attached when negotiating

The seller can know when you’re desperate to buy a car, and will most likely exploit it to their advantage. Despite how you feel about a vehicle you wish to purchase or how badly you need it, don’t let your real emotions show. Always keep in mind that even if they don’t give you the deal you want, there are other places you can go. Having the power to walk away puts you at an advantage as the salesperson will likely give you the deal you want for fear of losing a client.

Bring cash

Having the money makes the decision final. You don’t have to worry about a loan or asking the dealer to hold the car for you until you’re ready. The dealership is likely to adjust the deal if you show your commitment to purchase immediately.

Test drive

Select a route that has a mix of what your car will typically be driving. Check for blind spots, acceleration, how it goes round corners, the brakes, and the mechanical condition- can you hear any unusual noises or vibrations as you drive? The radio will have to be off to notice this; you can check that later. You can then ensure if the seatbelts work, the leg room at the back seat and the cargo capacity.