Buying a used car can be an intimidating experience – especially if you don’t know much about cars or have never dealt with a used car dealership before. Conducting some preliminary research and preparing yourself for the process is the best way to ensure that you drive home with a reliable vehicle and secure the best bang for your buck. By asking the following five questions, you can trump intimidation and guarantee a successful car buying experience.
Can I See the Mechanic’s Pre-Certification Inspection?
As you begin to search around for the best used vehicle, it is wise to ask this question. In order for a vehicle to be considered approved and certified, it has to go through a pre-certification inspection. The mechanic who serviced the car will keep a record of any changes that were made or items that required repair. Good, trustworthy car dealerships will have no issues with providing you this notice; and it’s a good thing to hang on to for issues that may arise in the future.
Where Did the Vehicle Come From?
When buying an approved used car, this is another important question to ask. Naturally, you want to know where the car came from and how many owners this vehicle had. If the car only had one driver – who took care of it and serviced it when required – then it is probably a solid ride. If the vehicle passed through a few hands before landing in a wholesale lot, you might be a bit wearier with regards to your purchase.
Is a Vehicle History Report Available?
Unarguably, this is one of the most important questions to ask in regards to buying a used vehicle. A vehicle history report will highlight the vehicle’s complete history – including major accidents, number of owners, past locations, mileage and several other items that have the potential to yield concern. Studying a vehicle’s report will enable you to make the best decision based on your needs.
What is the Cash Price for the Vehicle?
When it comes to buying a car – used or new – cash always wins. Purchasing a vehicle in cash almost always secures you a cheaper rate – and saves the dealership a significant amount of time and energy in the end. This single question can help you to negotiate the best rate possible for your used vehicle purchase.
Can I Test Drive the Vehicle?
Another important question to ask when purchasing a used car is whether or not you can take it for a test drive. Reputable, reliable and trustworthy dealerships will have no issue with you taking a prospective vehicle out for a spin. In fact, some dealers even let you go as far as taking the car home with you to ensure that it fits in your driveway, garage or that it can get over that steep hill in your neighbourhood.
For more information on buying approved used cars, contact Approved Used Cars at http://www.approvedusedcars.com.au/, or by phone, 1300 179 818.