If you are not familiar with the process of buying a used car the whole procedure can be an extremely daunting affair, especially when there are a number of unscrupulous sellers out there waiting to catch out unsuspecting buyers. However providing you have done some preparation and had the vehicle carefully checked out its very easy to grab yourself a bargain.
There are steps you should take to purchase a used car. These steps will prepare you for the best bargain you could find. To start you should review your financial position. Knowing what you can afford on a purchase helps keep the situation realistic. Car expenses like fuel, servicing, insurance, and any loan you need are factors in your budgeting for a used automobile.
Your budget is the beginning of what you need to know before purchasing a vehicle. You need to use your financial statements to figure the top purchase price you are willing to spend. The price of a vehicle is dependent on certain factors: the mileage, age, and model. An older vehicle will be less than a 2009 model. The top financial number once obtained will allow you to use magazines, newspapers, and the internet to narrow down the available vehicles for you.
You may anticipate seeing the car you are interested in, but there is one more step before you head off to do so. You need to research other vehicles that are similar to the one you are interested in. For example is there another model nearby that has a different price, but same mileage and conditions? You also need to know if there are any aftermarket parts on the car. Alloy wheels, CD changer, turbo, leather seats, etc. can all influence the price of the vehicle.
Do not schedule an appointment to see the vehicle if you do not have enough time to spend overlooking it. You need to spend several minutes looking over the condition of the outside, engine and the overall vehicle. Rain can hinder bodywork issues, thus you should cancel the appointment if it is raining. If you are not well versed in mechanics bring a friend or take it to an inspector. The car should be run through a HPI check for validity purposes.
Test drives on any vehicle should take twenty minutes. While driving the car check the gearbox, steering, and listen for any noises. The gears should transition smoothly. For steering the vehicle should stay straight on the road. During the drive do an emergency check of the brakes.
When it comes to doing the deal you need to be firm and polite and don’t be pressurized into making the deal. Always start the negotiations at a low price, as you can still raise your offer at a later stage, and use any faults you found during the inspection and test drive, and a lack of optional extras as bargaining points.
At the conclusion of the talk in which you purchase the car the seller needs to submit the V5 registration with a proper receipt of sale. You should think about adding a warranty to the purchase even though it might be costly. The warranty will pay for itself and reduce your stress while driving the vehicle.