Used cars are often affordable but it does take some effort to ensure that you’re purchasing a reliable one.
If you’re purchasing a used car, there are several things that you can do to ensure that you’re making the right decision from the beginning.
Get a Car Inspection
If the seller is confident in the car that they are selling you they shouldn’t have an issue with you getting the car professionally inspected. A mechanic’s opinion matters and you have the right to seek it out. It is hard to tell from looking at a car what issues it might have, and getting it looked at will give you a better indication of what the true issues are.
Ask to Test-Drive the Car
If you are purchasing a car, you have the right to drive it beforehand. Driving a car can help you notice possible issues and is also an indication of how the car suites you in general. You might love a car until you get inside of it, and it’s important to get your hands on the wheel before handing the cash over.
Require a History Report
Most cars come with a “free vehicle history report” and if you are purchasing a car, you should review it. These forms often indicate previous crashes, maintenance issues, and more. If you are purchasing a used car, you should ask to see the report and get the information on it confirmed.
Look into Recalls
Before purchasing a used car, make sure to do your research and look into how many recalls the car has had. You can find this information online through the NHTSA. Keep in mind that you will need the car’s 17-digit ID number in order to find out so get that from the seller ahead of time. You should ask the seller for receipts as confirmation if they claim that they’ve had the recalls repaired.