What to look for when purchasing a Pre-owned Vehicle

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Buying a second-hand car can be a challenge. (Photo Credits)

Buying a pre-owned car can be a practical decision especially if the buyer is in a tight budget and he cannot truly afford to finance a brand new one.

The buyer however has to bear in mind some pointers when purchasing a second hand vehicle to prevent possible issues as well as avoid getting scammed.

The website Consumer Reports published a very comprehensive guide for buyers who are on the look-out for used cars. AutoGlass Safety Council            

“To reduce the risk of purchasing a trouble-prone vehicle, identify models with a good reliability record before you begin shopping. Consumer Reports’ annual subscriber survey provides exclusive real-world reliability information that can help you narrow your selections. See our list of the best and worst used cars. Also read the reliability-history charts that accompany most of the car model pages to get a more detailed view at how specific vehicles have held up in 17 trouble areas, as well as overall. If the car you’re interested in is known to have certain trouble spots, you know to pay special attention to those components during inspection.”

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Caution and Care when Buying

The Automobile Association website also came up with a helpful article for consumers on several areas concerning used car sales. The list they came up with is bulleted and is easy to comprehend. Windshield Wiki

Here are some questions they came up with in terms of second-hand vehicle documentation.

“Can the seller show you the V5C registration document? You won’t be able to tax the car without it. Is the seller the registered keeper shown on the V5C? If not, why are they selling it for someone else? Does the registration document have a watermark? Any spelling mistakes on the registration document?”

Read the other questions here.

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The website Money Saving Expert meantime shared 20 tips on buying second hand cars. These tips include how to get the best deals without sacrificing quality.

“Once you’ve decided what car to pick, now you need to know how to get the best deal. One way to slash costs is to buy at the right time. Dealers have targets to meet, with bonuses up for grabs. Typically, these are based on quarterly sales, making the end of March, June, September and December a good time to buy. They need to shift cars, so will be more willing to negotiate and offer attractive finance packages.  But, if you’re buying from a private seller, there’s unlikely to be a good or bad time. Private sellers don’t have targets to meet, other than the price they want to achieve. “

Check out the 19 other tips here.

Buying used cars is never easy, but there are ways to get the best second hand used vehicle without getting scammed.

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