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By Consumer Team | 29 Aug. 2017

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Used Car


Are you thinking of buying a car? One of the major decisions you will have to make is whether to buy a new car or a used car. There are pros and cons of buying each type of car and many elements will affect your choice. For instance, is the vehicle you are buying one of the safest cars in the market? It is not uncommon to sometimes find hidden damages on used cars that could be costly to you in the long run in terms of repairs. Therefore, to avoid such outcomes, here are a few things you need to keep in mind when buying a used car.

1. The Car’s History Report

Before you buy a used car, reviewing its history report is crucial. This is because the report may have evidence of a serious internal damage to the car that could bring problems down the line. The sooner you look at the report the better so this should be an early step in your used car buying process. To get the vital information about the car’s past, you will need its vehicle identification number (VIN). Therefore, be sure to ask for this from the seller or dealer. Although usually rare, you may also need its license plate number. There are online platforms where you can simply check the car’s history report using the VIN or license plate numbers. Some of the major problems that car history reports reveal are whether the vehicle has a salvage title, meaning an insurance company has declared it a total loss, or whether the odometer was rolled back.

2. Vehicle Inspection

A visual inspection as well as a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic is another thing you should have in mind when buying a used car. Look at the mileage, look for wear and tear, uneven paint, unusual welding, or whether or not the seller has the proper registration. You should also inspect the condition of the tires. Open the hood and look at the engine and other parts carefully. Look for signs of rust on these parts because they could be an indication that you may have to deal with some problems down the line. A pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic is imperative because it helps find potential problems such as whether the vehicle has been involved in an unreported accident before. These inspections will ensure that the car is not only in good condition but is also one of the safest cars to consider.

3. Reviews

You should also consider the reviews on the make as well as model of the used car before buying it. Reading reviews is essential because it will enlighten you on some of the common problems or possible defects of the car. Reviews can simply be found online on authoritative car websites.

4. Test Drive

A test drive is very important when it comes to buying used cars. When going for a test drive, take the car both on highways and on local roads. This is because it will help you know how it performs and responds in various environments. When driving off-road, you should look at how the car shifts or responds on sharp corners. On the highways, especially on stop-and-go traffic, you will know how the brakes respond. You will also find out how the engine runs while on the test drive. There are a lot of other things to check when going for the test drive. For instance, is the headroom, legroom, or hip room enough? This should be for the backseats too. Therefore, don’t forget the test drive when buying a used car.