Last year I bought a pre owned Mahindra Scorpio. Initially, after visiting the showrooms, I gave up on the idea of buying a car. The primary reason being they were expensive and hence did not suit my budget. My cousin Parth advised me to buy a pre-owned car. I knew authorized pre-owned dealers in the city but somehow I did not trust them. The idea of buying a car that has not been maintained or is damaged did not fascinate me.
Parth’s friend Rishab was a junior manager at an authorized pre-owned car sales center. Parth convinced me to meet him and arranged a meeting. Rishab told us there are a lot of negative perceptions regarding second-hand cars, but it is a great option if we are looking to buy a car and are tight on budget. The confusing and tricky part is deciding which one to buy. He explained some important things which should be considered before buying a used car.
Deciding the budget is the first thing to do. You must be clear about the maximum money you can spend on a pre-owned car. Only after the budget is decided one can determine which cars to go for. Sorting and filtering process becomes easy after finalizing the budget.
The next thing to do after finalizing a budget is to research and find the cars that fit into your budget. The research can also include reading the reviews of those cars online and even talking to people who own them. It helps you in understanding the technical details of the car and any particular problems in it.
It is also important that you choose a car based on the requirement. If you do not require an SUV choose a small car, do not insist on the SUV. But, if it is an SUV that is going to fulfill your family’s needs, then you should go for it. Prioritizing your requirements will help you in choosing the best pre-owned car.
Finding out if the car has been in an accident before, how many buyers it has passed through earlier, or if there are any documents missing or discrepancies therein needs to be considered. Checking with the insurance company of the car or the service station where it is regularly serviced is a good way to know more about the car.
Car owners may not reveal any accidents or ongoing court cases before selling their car. Hence, the police verification of your selected car is important. Once that is done, move to the physical condition of the car.
Any pending car repair should be notified either to the owner or to the authorized seller before purchasing. Tyres of the car should be checked for wear. If new tyres are installed, the wheel alignment should also be checked. You must buy a car only after getting it serviced. If you receive a car without having it serviced, it is indirectly going to increase the cost you will end up bearing for the car.
It is advisable to get the car inspected from anyone who has thorough knowledge about cars. Sometimes, such people can also help you to bargain for a few thousand rupees on the deal. With this, you’ll get the car that is not only in good condition but is a low-maintenance vehicle too. You’ll not have to spend much on its maintenance as people believe to be the case with used cars.
Even though you are buying a used car it doesn’t have to look worn out from the word go. The used cars are also worth a good amount of money, and you don’t want a car that is not presentable or needs the fortune to get back in shape. The car dent must be thoroughly checked as it can indicate a rough driving history of the car. Approaching a reliable professional to inspect the car thoroughly can help significantly in the pre-purchase inspection.
The last thing you must do is take a test drive before delivery. Ensure that the test drive is longer so that you can test the wheel alignment, car acceleration, brakes, AC, lights, indicators, music system, and other features of the car. Emphasize on taking the delivery only after all the documents of the used car are ready. You must get the RC transfer done according to the legal procedure. Do not accept the car without insurance. If the owner fails to provide it, you must get the car insured yourself.
I managed to buy a great used car following the tips mentioned above, and you can too. The idea is to ensure that you check the history of the car, its insurance papers, and other relevant documents along with the physical condition of the car thoroughly before signing on the dotted line. It is a bit time-consuming and tedious, but definitely worth it.
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