5 Things to Consider before Buying a Used Car


Sometimes it becomes relative and rational to purchase a used car as opposed to a new one. The reasons as to why one should buy a used car depends on individual needs, for example; insufficient funds to buy a new dream car, the car is suspected to be a “hot sale” and the buyer wants to make a kill, or it is a vehicle for some special tasks. The level of research, inspection and tests carried out before the purchase will determine whether the buyer will be spending lots of hours in a garage for repairs, desperately trying to make a resale of the car because it’s become a nuisance, park the car as a garbage or be a happy owner six months later.

Buying a new car is simple; the deal is almost always perfect. Buying a used car on the other hand, is a tricky affair and sometime even the experts may get challenged. It is a good idea to know some very basic concepts that can be used to knock out the available options and be left with a possible future car list.

Here are 5 things to consider before buying a Used Car, from an expert perspective: 

Do the Research; Take your Time 

The first process towards buying a used car is to find out what one really expects from a car as the user. List down the reasons for buying the car, the functions it is expected to perform. Identify the models that will specifically meet the needs, determine the size, number of seats, the shape of the car and many other aspects. Consider personal budget, the amount one can pay on a monthly basis and the total price of the vehicle. Scale down the list using the most important factors until a sizeable list is reached. The research should be intensive, come out with a list that can qualify as the next possible drive.

Test Drive 

The test drive is a must for all the cars that falls on the possible list. Test the vehicles of all types of roads; highways and roads. Test the cars on different environments, try to gauge the performance, and feel. Note down how the car responds to sharp turns on the roads. Test the brakes by stopping sharply, while on the highway try to listen to the engine performance, is it smooth? Keep the eyes and ears open; try to listen to some unusual sound/noise. Take a look at the car electronics, auto parts and the manual parts.

Mechanical Inspection 

Do not make a purchase without an experienced mechanical inspection, this way one gets to save a lot by avoiding unnecessary expensive car maintenance costs as time passes by. It may cost a dime to carry out an inspection, but this cost is justified. This is the tricky part; a mechanic will see a fault in the car model that you fell in love with the very first time you spotted it. The mechanic will predict a car that will have some technical engine problems in the near future.

Vehicle History Report

Vehicle history will identify title problems in case of any, list ownership history, previous accidents both small and large, and the service points. The reports are readily available from the internet or through the dealers. CARFAX is a comprehensive database of car reports one can rely on.

Aesthetics and the Price 

When valuing the car, consider the outside and inside condition. Look for any repairs both on the exterior and interior. Examine the engine and the parts. Be sure to compare the prices of cars in similar ranges with the car you are buying. Compare prices of the same model, make, and the same years.