Keep these things in mind when searching for used cars!
When it comes to car shopping, everyone would like that shiny new car; fresh off of the assembly line. However, this can’t always be a reality. From the buying price to cost of maintenance and more; there’s plenty of reasons to buy used cars. Used cars help save on the initial expense of buying a vehicle and be just as useful and long-lasting as a new vehicle. However, there are some things to look out for when it comes to buying a used car. Check out these tips before you start your search.
Vehicle History Report
Vehicle history reports have become widely popular when it comes to buying used cars. Most dealerships provide them for free and private sellers are wise to include them, as well. If someone is reluctant to show a vehicle history report or one can’t be found, it could be a sign of some shady business; for example, someone trying to sell you a stolen car.
You certainly don’t want to offend the seller of the vehicle, but you’ll want to be fairly skeptical to ensure you aren’t being had. One way to do this is to request that the vehicle undergoes an inspection from an independent professional to ensure the vehicle is mechanically sound. Even if you have to pay for the inspection, it could pay off in the long run.
Beware of the Seller
Unfortunately, fraud with used vehicles is becoming more and more prevalent these days. Criminals are cloning VIN#s, rolling back odometers, and resorting to other shady business that allows them to sell insufficient vehicles to unsuspecting customers. If you have questions, get them answered to your complete satisfaction. If you can’t trust the seller, don’t do the deal.
Meet In Person
To sniff out as much funny business as possible, you’ll want to meet with the seller in person and not over the phone, email, or text message. These are important negotiations, and you don’t want to overlook important details because you couldn’t show up in person. Seeing the vehicle and the seller in-person will tell you more about both and help you make a decision you’re comfortable with.
Don’t be Afraid to Walk Away
If something doesn’t seem right, your questions haven’t been answered, and you just don’t think you can do it; don’t do it. There are more vehicles in this country than there are people to drive them. It makes no sense to take a chance on something you aren’t sure of when there are plenty of other options. This could save you time, money, and the frustration of knowing some petty criminal tricked you out of thousands of dollars.