There are several instances in life where you may find yourself in need of a car but may be considering buying a second hand car instead of a brand new one. This may primarily be because of you wanting to cut costs in your life. But, this does not necessarily mean that the person you try to buy your car from will be honest and trustworthy and will in fact, give you a fair price. It is therefore necessary for you to take certain measures to make sure that you are not scammed and get a vehicle that is worth your money. Listed below are a few tips that can help you buy the right car.
- Always get a car inspection- this is the first and most important step you should take when looking at prospective cars that you may wish to buy. If you yourself are a mechanic, it will be easy enough for you to assess the car and deem its worth, if you are not, find the nearest reliable mechanic and get an inspection done at the earliest. The professional will be able to tell you what is right and wrong with the car and what can be considered a fair price for it.
- Take a test-drive- this does not simply mean a few hundred metres. Take the car for a proper drive on different roads and maybe even a highway to see how it holds up under different conditions. If you find problems with a particular part of the car that you think you will be able to fix separately, you can haggle with the driver for a lower price.
- Don’t ever go in for a blind buy- this is the most common problem with individuals who buy their cars off online sites without viewing it in person. This can cause a huge host of problems that you definitely do not want to deal with at any point. To avoid getting a completely different car from what you paid for or looked at, make sure that you look at all of its details in person. Remember, the cheaper car is not always the better option.
- Check the title- once you have inspected different aspects of the car, make sure that the title of the car has no problems and is completely clear. You do not want any problems to pass on to you from the previous owners.
- Finalise the purchase agreement- no verbal agreement or deal is sufficient when you are trying to make such an important purchase. Make sure that everything you have agreed upon is clearly stated in the Buyer’s Order or Purchase Agreement and both you and the dealer/seller sign it.
- Buy form an individual- while this may not be common knowledge, some states frown upon what is known as ‘curbstoning’ which is when a dealer pretends to be an individual seller. Therefore, make sure you carefully scrutinise who you are buying from and make sureit is an individual and not a dealer.
Following the above given tips is a good way for you to land your second hand car. Ensure that everything you agree upon with the seller is in writing and that there is no way that you will be cheated of your money.