Just as buying a brand new car can be a stressful experience, buying a used can car be equally, if not more, stressful. Whether you’re considering purchasing from an independent owner or certified used car salesperson, worries regarding previous accidents, routine inspections, and prior mechanical issues are unanimously felt. At VIP European Auto, we’re not only concerned about the interior and exterior of your car, but more importantly; your safety. If you’re looking into purchasing a used vehicle, we strongly advise you keep the following tips in mind…
- Always check the Vehicle History Report: With websites like Carfax and AutoCheck, this has never been easier for people. However, there are still some who either choose not to or neglect to look over the history report. If anything, this might be the single most important thing to consider when buying a used vehicle. For instance, if the car has a history of engine failures that the previous owner didn’t take care of, you could find yourself investing more time and money into maintaining the car than you intended or imagined. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the Vehicle History Report, and stay away from purchasing vehicles when the owner neglects to provide that information.
- Have the car inspected by a professional: Sometimes, the Vehicle History Report doesn’t have the ability to tell you absolutely everything you need and want to know about the car you’re considering. Therefore, you should have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic before you sign any ownership papers. This can be extremely useful when considering a car that hasn’t been driven in a while for whatever reason, seeing as there could be some issues that even the current owner is unaware.
- Try before you buy: Luckily, most sellers will let you drive the car before you decide to buy it. This is important, especially if you’re buying a make or model that’s different from your previous car. Getting a good “feel” on the road can become a huge factor in making a decision.