While buying a used car can be cost-effective, there are many bumps and potholes along the way. Not every dealer is as honest as you would want them to be, and not every car will be right for you. There will be times then when the sensible thing for you to do would be to walk away from the dealership.
Walk away when…
1. The used car dealer appears dodgy
If the used car dealer appears dodgy, you have reason to assume the car he or she is offering could be dodgy as well. So, if they aren’t able to provide you with the relevant paperwork, if they are unable to answer the questions you have about the car, and if they refuse to let you take the car for a test drive, walk away. You can always return after checking on the car’s history on sites such as Autoverleden.nl, and if you later read positive reviews about them, you might consider giving them a second chance. Until then, be quick to say goodbye, as you may well get scammed and waste your hard-earned money.
2. You are feeling pressured into making the purchase
Car salesmen are notoriously pushy and will use a range of tactics to encourage you to part with your cash. Of course, you might well end up driving away in a car that you enjoy, so you might actually be glad of their pushiness. On the other hand, you may well end up leaving in a car you later regret purchasing, perhaps because it was too expensive for you, or because you later discover a range of hidden mechanical faults. So here’s what you need to do. If you feel pressured into buying something, and if you aren’t 100% sure about the purchase, walk away. You can always return later if you do decide the car in question was right for you, and you could bring along a friend who is experienced in dealing with pushy salespeople to lend you a hand.
3. The car has mechanical problems
This is an obvious one, as if the car has mechanical problems, you know you shouldn’t continue until any issues have been dealt with to your satisfaction. So, be sure to have a good look at the car before signing on any dotted line, and take the car for a good test drive, as you will then have the opportunity to detect any faults that weren’t so easily apparent during your initial inspection. And if you aren’t car-savvy? Well, bring along a friend or family member who is, or pay a qualified mechanic to take a look at the car (and come along with you on the test drive), as they will be able to pick up on any problems that your eyes and ears may have missed. If there are any major issues, walk away!
You should never feel forced to do anything you don’t want to do, especially where your money is concerned. So, the next time you’re shopping around for a car, walk away if any of what we have said relates to your situation. You will be glad that you did, as you might only feel buyer’s remorse otherwise.
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