Buying a second-hand car is often the most effective thing to do, especially if you are new to driving. It must however be done with thorough checks and research. Buying a bad second hand car could affect your mental health negatively and also lead to regular breakdowns and could be costly financially. Buying a used car should never have to be a stressful experience. If you do the necessary homework and checks, it will be an effective process.
The following are things that you should do when buying a second hand car.
1. Test drive it. This will allow you to get a feel of the car.
2. Research the owner or company selling the vehicle. Never buy a car from a dealership or person that has a bad reputation.
3. Always attempt to lower the selling price by negotiating with the person or dealership selling the car.
4. Ideally have someone who knows a lot about cars inspect it. This could be your car fanatic family member of even your local mechanic. A lot of opportunistic dealerships are known to manipulate customers who do not have a good knowledge of vehicles.
5. Insist on seeing the cars paperwork and inspect it carefully.
6. Shop around and check for better deals. Many dealerships may also end up lowering their price if they find that you have found the same model cheaper elsewhere.
7. Never ever trust what a salesman says. Many of them are sadly dishonest and at the end of the day, always remember that they are aiming to make a profit from you. Beware of smooth talking salesmen. Before you know it, you could end up having to buy all those “extras” which you did not need.