4 Tips for Buying a Used Car Like a Pro!

Sometimes, the thought of buying a new car can make you shudder. The price alone is probably enough to put you off. As nice as it would be to have that "new-car smell" back in your life, it’s just not worth the hit to your bank account. However, there are alternatives.

Buying a used car is a more affordable option. It does come with its risks but if you know what to look for and you’re prepared to search, you’ll find something that works for you.

There are many benefits to buying a used car. Biggest of all, you won’t incur huge depreciation like you do with a brand new car. A new car will lose 30-40% of its value in the first two years alone. Not a problem when you buy second-hand. Many factory warranties are now so long that buying a used car doesn’t mean you’re driving in the dark either. Some of those warranties will still cover you. Plus used car dealerships have come along way. They offer great expertise, assistance and cover after you’ve bought the car. But you do still need to be careful.

#1 Do your research

This is true when buying any car, but particularly with a used car. Before you hit the dealership, make sure you know exactly what you want. You need to know what the right price is so you can confidently steer the talks in your direction. Find out its original sale price at a dealership like Autohouse and get a rough idea how much it’s selling for as a used car. You should also know all the details and specs of what you’re after. Don’t get steered into looking at products you’re not familiar with. Knowledge is power at the dealership.

#2 Test Drive

Always test drive the car. And I don’t mean a little mosy down the road and back. I mean, really test drive it. Really push the car. Test the acceleration, take it on a hill and see how it handles. Throw it into the corners a little and check how responsive the steering is. Push the speed (within reason) and see how it reacts. And then brake hard and fast and make sure they’re in good condition. Don’t be scared to push it.

#3 Do a full inspection of the car

Make sure you know what you’re looking for here. There are a lot of things to keep an eye out for. Rust is the killer. If you see rust (or bubbling paintwork) under the wheel arches or other structures: leave. Immediately. Check the tyres for tread wear and push down on each corner of the car to check the suspension.

Get the bonnet open and check all the fluids: coolants, brake fluid and transmission fluid. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, find out!

Get an OBDI scanner with a programme like Torque fitted to your smartphone. You plug it straight into the car and it tells you every little detail about the engine. This is the real test as the true engine wear can be hidden. Your dealer will know that you mean business when he sees this and that gives you the upper hand when haggling.

#4 Finally: haggle! 

The offered price is rarely the price the dealer will settle for so be confident and knock it down a little. If you’ve followed all the advice here you’ll already look like a pro and the dealer will feel confident haggling down with you. Best of luck and I hope you find the used car for you!

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4 Tips for Buying a Used Car Like a Pro! 4 Tips for Buying a Used Car Like a Pro! Reviewed by Hayley Reeve on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Rating: 5

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