3 Tips for Buying a Used Car
Buying a used car will usually get you a much better value for your money than when buying a new car. But it is understandable why many people won’t buy a used car because they have been burned in the past. By following these three simple tips you can have success in buying a great used vehicle.
Tip #1 – Have Your Mechanic Inspect The Car BEFORE You Buy The Car You can’t imagine how many “Buyer’s Inspections” we do AFTER the customer has already bought the car being inspected. Sure, you might need to move quickly on a great deal, but no deal, in my opinion, is too good to forego a professional’s objective opinion on the vehicle’s condition. Any reputable auto repair shop will do this inspection for $50-$100 which is money very well spent. They will check the condition of all the fluids, tires, brakes, hoses and belts. They will also drive the car so they can listen and feel for anything that may be abnormal and need to be repaired once you buy it.
Tip #2 – Beware Of The Armor All & Steam Clean Trick A lot of used cars go through a process before they are put up for sale whether at a dealership or when being sold by a private seller. Detailing the inside of the car and a good wash/wax on the outside is to be expected of somebody trying to get top dollar for their car. But what you want to beware of is the super-clean engine compartment that shines like the car is brand spanking new. When a car’s engine has been meticulously steam cleaned, it is almost impossible for anybody to see if there are any leaks. A well-maintained, leak-free used car usually does not require the seller to do very much to the engine. I’m always extra cautious when something looks too clean.
Tip #3 – Ask For The Maintenance Records Many people go to the same auto repair shop and oil change stations for all of their maintenance or repairs. So even if they don’t have a file with all the records, they should easily be able to call the shops and get copies of what has been done. This is a very good way to see what kind of maintenance has been done to the car as well as if any major repairs have been done in the past. We have a lot of customers who spend thousands of dollars over several years maintaining their cars. A car that has been well maintained with records to back it should give you a little added peace-of-mind that you are buying the right car.