If you are in the market to buy a pre-owned vehicle, then there are a few things that you will need to check before you hand over your cash and take the keys.
Here are 6 things you need to check.
Can you Afford It?
So with anything, the car you choose will need to be affordable, fit your budget and your lifestyle. If you are opting for finance then you need to breakdown the cost to determine the monthly instalments and also factor in insurance and maintenance. You can find certified pre-owned cars that already carry a warranty, but you may need to buy a warranty on some pre-owned vehicles, so keep this cost in mind.
You Might be Paying for Maintenance
When buying a pre-owned car, you need to take into consideration the brand you are buying as well as any possible maintenance that you will need to do on the car in the future. Usually, a pre-owned car will require more regular servicing. However, even though this could be an extra cost, you will still find that buying a pre-owned car is more affordable than a new car.
If you have found the car you want and can afford, then the next step is to get a copy of the service history. This will show you if the vehicle has been serviced regularly and if this has been done by trusted companies. You can also use the VIN number of the vehicle to check the history and you will also be able to see if the car has been in any accidents.
Get Behind the Wheel
You should always test drive a pre-owned vehicle. You will get a feel for the car, but you should also listen for any odd noises. Play around with the car, turn things on and off to ensure that everything is working the way it should.
Does the Odometer Show a Risk?
You can check how far the pre-owned car has been driven by checking the odometer. If the car is still relatively young and shows a high odometer reading, then the car has been driven greatly and it could be a risk.
You will need to make sure that the pre-owned vehicle you choose is in good mechanical order. A mechanical inspection will need to be conducted and will generally include an assessment on the structural, electrical and body panels.
Buying a pre-owned car is affordable and gives you more car for your money, but checking every detail of the vehicle is important before signing. There are plenty of reputable pre-owned dealerships that will you every step of the way, giving you peace of mind.