Top Five Tips for Buying a Used Car

Friday, August 3, 2012

Top Five Tips for Buying a Used Car

If you're in dire need of transportation and sick of using public transport, what you really need is a good car. However, if you're worried about your budget constraints, you must consider buying a used car, or a second hand car, as opposed to a new one. Whichever you choose, make sure you have car insurance first!

Buying a used car can take its toll on you, especially, if you don't know much about the process of doing so. Unfortunately, buying a used car is not as simple in terms of decision making as buying a brand new car. There are many factors to consider while deciding which vehicle will serve you better and meet your needs and requirements. Here are few tips on buying a used car.

·   Take the car out for a test drive - This is one of the prerequisites to buying a car, whether a second hand one or a new one. Driving your prospective car will let you get a feel of it, whether or not you like the way it turns, whether the steering wheel is hard or lose, whether or not you feel comfortable in it and so on. These are highly important factors in owning a car as they help determine how well you drive and handle your car. So, take it out for a spine and see how well things fit together.

·   Understand your needs first - This is highly vital because what you may want may not necessarily co-relate with your needs. Figure out what the car will be used for the most. One may want to use the car for simple errands, or commuting to work and back, picking up kids from school or travelling long distances over the weekend, for which, you require specific tyres, fog lights, and extra luggage space and so on. Pick a car that suits these needs and then make a purchase decision accordingly.

·   Research the market and see what your car is worth - If you've found a car that you already like and does meet your needs and requirements quite well, research it in the market. Find out the market value for it and check the price you're being offered to make sure you're not being cheated. Also, visit consumer forums and find out what consumers are saying about the car in terms of not just comfort but also issues such as engine noise, braking, turning, suspension check, rattles and squeaks, the gearbox, the space and the under body as these may cause issues in future. Since your car is second hand, these issues may already be developing or have taken root in the system so you must know what you're going in for.

·   Look into the background of the car you're buying - Most dealers, or private parties, would be willingly to share information about the car such as the mileage and its performance. Try getting in touch with the previous owners of the car and direct all your questions towards them in order to gain a better understanding of what to expect. Make sure that you inspect the paper work handed over to you at the dealer's agency or by the private party as they include the history of the car, including any major accidents that might have taken place, and may affect the car's performance later on.

·   Get car insurance - This is extremely important as there is nothing more damaging than having an uninsured car in your hands. Due to the fact that roads are unpredictable, as is climate, as well as traffic and your frame of mind while driving, getting into an accident is a possibility that you must factor in. With a tight budget, one cannot afford to deal with the bills of a car wreck as they can be as expensive as buying a car in the first place. So, it is extremely essential to have your car insured.

Now that you're well acquainted with the steps of buying a second hand car, what are you waiting for? Begin jotting down the cars you like and roll the dice.

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The article is written by Daniel NG.

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