Buying a pre-owned or used car can be a challenging and difficult task. From inspecting a cars details, condition and everything it is a long process. But owning one can be a very fulfilling ride, especially if you are able to negotiate a good deal. Follow our guide to buying a pre-owned car for a smooth, stress-free experience.
1) HAVE A GOAL AND BUDGET IN MIND
The first step in your used-car-buying journey is to research the type of model of the car you want to buy. Do you want to buy a hatchback or sedan; an SUV or a convertible? Will you be using the car for your office commute in the city or long road trips on weekends? If you know the kind of car you want to buy, you can also arrive at an approximate budget. Once you have a budget, you can plan how you will raise the funds to finance the car.
2) Inspect the car
Look for dents, damage, rust and tyre condition, since you may need to bear the cost of fixing or replacing them later. Especially check if you can spot any recent paint or touch up activity. Under the hood, check that the car still has the original engine. Also, watch out for possible leaks. Take along a trusted car expert or mechanic who will provide you insights into the car. Inspecting the car is very important as it can be problematic for the future if any damage arises
At, Progressive Autosports we make sure to double inspect the cars before delivering them to our customers. Also ask our customer’s to check the car carefully.
3) Take the car for a drive
Taking the car for the test drive will help you ensure the working condition of the car. Ensure the car’s headlights, steering wheel, gears and brakes are functioning properly. Pay attention to noises from the engine, especially at sharp turns, and over bumps and potholes. If possible try to drive it in different conditions, at different speeds. Ask yourself whether you like the feel and handling of the car. Does it offer the driving experience you would like from your car? Test all the electronics – sound system, air conditioner, power windows, auto-locking, etc.
At Progressive Autosports we give test drives to our customer to get a better understanding of the car. The overview of the car and how the car drives help in satisfying customer’s requirements.
4) Ask for the car’s history
It is not just the numbers on the car’s odometer that indicate its history. You also need to be aware of other factors that contribute to the car’s condition. Ask for service and maintenance records of the car. Do some research on the model and year of manufacture, particularly any recurring problems reported by car owners. Consider the manufacturer’s reputation while you evaluate the car.
5) Check the car’s documents
Ask for the car’s original registration papers (RC book) before communicating your decision. Also, read the existing insurance policy and check the no claim bonus. Other documents that you will need include tax documents and a valid PUC certificate
6)Negotiate your way to a great deal
Whether you are buying your car from a dealer or an owner, there’s always room for negotiation. Do your due diligence on the market price of similar cars. Be wary of offers that are too good to be true and don’t hesitate to walk away from a deal if you suspect something is fishy.