Buying a used car can be significantly more expensive than purchasing one new. After all, if it had many owners before you, it can be hard to know what it’s been through. Happily, there are some factors that you can look out for that will help you avoid the purchase of a disastrous used car. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Getting a lemon
What is a lemon? Well, it’s a used car that looks like a great deal but actually has a significant number of problems that were not noticeable at first. Of course, being stuck with a lemon can be not just inconvenient, but actually endanger your safety as well. That is why it is so vital that you do everything in your power to prevent this from happening.
One action you can take that can help to prevent this is to learn as much about the common issues the model you are looking at experiences. Then at least you will be aware of anything with a high likelihood of going wrong.
Additionally, choosing to buy from a reputable dealer rather than a private seller can help a great deal as well. The reason being that they are much more likely to perform relevant checks and MOT the vehicle. This being something that gives you that security that what you are buying is roadworthy.
Paying too much
Another disastrous mistake that you can make when buying a used car is to pay more than you need to. Of course, most people do not realize they are doing this. That is why it is so essential to make sure you know all the costs involved before you sign on the dotted line.
Luckily, it is still entirely possible to find good quality used cars under £10,000, a price that most people find affordable. You can even find a detailed breakdown of all the different costs involved from the better providers online. Something that makes it incredibly easy to see whether you are getting a good deal or not, before you even begin the buying process.
Not checking the documents
There are quite a few official pieces of paperwork that needs to be on point when you are buying a used car. In fact, you will need to check the logbook and MOT history, as well as make sure that the vehicle hasn’t been scrapped, stolen, or written off.
Of course, such checks are usually performed by the dealer for you, but if you are going with a private buyer, it is always worth your while to run them yourself. Otherwise, for the sake of saving a little, you could be out of pocket in a major way when you discover your vehicle isn’t as it appears to be.
Not negotiating on price
One of the most significant advantages of buying a used car is that there is often much more leeway for negotiation on the price. Of course, to negotiate a good deal successfully, you do need to have some pretty good negotiation skills. You also need to know precisely what the market value of the particular vehicle you are looking at is.
Remember too that cutting a deal is usually much more likely when it comes to getting your used car from a private buyer. The reason being that they will have much more autonomy over how much they can accept.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a deal when buying from a dealership. In fact, even if you can’t get anything off the ticket price, you may be able to negotiate some additional services such as an extended warranty. This being something that can also save you a significant amount of money.
Not taking it for a test drive
Finally, you can set yourself up for a major disaster when buying a used car, if you don’t take it out on a test drive beforehand. This is because vehicles tend to become bias to the way their owners drive them. Therefore not thoroughly testing out a potential purchase can mean your used car is a lot more challenging to handle that you expect.
In particular, be sure to get a good grasp on how the brakes and steering are working. Also, be sure to check for issues on the outside of the vehicle such as dents and dings. Additionally, the tyre treads should all be checked, as uneven ones can mean that the vehicle’s alignment is off and that it needs replacing before purchase. A situation that can be both disastrously expensive to rectify, and dangerous to boot!
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