Last year I learnt to drive a car. When I completed my driving classes, I thought of buying a new car. But, one of my close friends suggested me to buy a used car instead since I was still sharpening my driving skills. For me, buying a pre-owned car was a tedious task. I considered it a riskier option. When I discussed this with my friend, he suggested me to meet an authorized used car seller whom he knew very well. He promptly arranged a meeting with him. When we met, the reseller shared several tips which made buying a used car effortless for me.
Here are the tips he suggested:
Always check the car’s papers thoroughly. As per him, this was the most critical checkpoint. However lucrative a deal may seem, it is best to stay away from a car if its documents are incomplete or have some issues. I asked him what all documents are essential to check.
He told me to always ask for the original invoice of the car from the seller. He explained that the engine number and chassis number in the car should match the documents. Checking this ensures that no one has manipulated the car’s engine.
Check the car’s history. The insurance and the service logs are two critical documents that reveal a lot about a vehicle. These papers give us clarity on the car’s condition and tell us if there is any known accident or significant repairs from the past. I learnt that we should prefer a car with no accidental history.
Examine the car’s physical condition. He suggested that one should look for dents or scratches on the car’s body. He further told the importance of checking the state of the tires. These things indicate how well the previous owner has maintained the car. Also, if these issues go unnoticed, the new owner will have to bear the cost of repairing these things. So, it is better to buy only well maintained pre-owned cars. The best way to do this is to take help from a mechanic in inspecting the car properly.
Take a test-drive. The reseller advised me to test-drive the car at different speeds and different places. Test drive ensures that the different parts of the car are working correctly. A good test drive evaluates whether the brakes, clutch, gears, headlights, brake lights, wipers, and the window glasses are all in perfect working condition or not.
A test drive also helps in identifying any engine or battery-related problems. In case the engine makes a noise, or the car takes time to start, he suggested that I should avoid buying it.
Evaluate these parameters to come up with an accurate price for the car. These parameters include the age of the car, its IDV, the maintenance costs associated, and the mileage of the vehicle. He told me that with these parameters, we can quickly identify the quality of the car and can estimate the future costs associated with it.
Negotiate the price. Pricing a used car is a very subjective task. Thus, the most accurate value can be determined only by negotiating with the seller. e The best deal is one where we get the best quality at a minimum cost.
This discussion made me feel more confident about buying a used vehicle. Soon after this, I purchased a pre-owned car and so far I am thrilled with the results. So, if you are planning to buy a used car, I will recommend you to follow these tips for locking in the best possible deal. Happy driving!