Although buying a used Volvo can save you a lot of money over buying a new one, there are some things you should look into before purchasing one in order to limit the chances that you end up making a bad deal. With a little research before the purchase you are likely to get a better car.
The first thing you should try to do is buy a newer used car. Cars that are more recently manufactured are more likely to have some time left on the original warranty so that you would have less car related expenses to deal with right after purchasing the car as long as the warranty is transferable.
Another option is to buy you used Volvo through a certified pre-owned vehicle program, since these cars tend to be well maintained and in good condition. The dealership has also thoroughly inspected these cars and made any necessary repairs. They often include some type of warranty as well.
Before choosing which model of used Volvo you want, you should look into the different models to see which have the best reputations. You want to make sure to stay away from any models that might have a lot of complaints to the manufacturer, or a lot of recalls.
You should also make sure that the particular car you are looking at is in good condition. You should ask to see the maintenance records to make sure it was properly cared for, and make sure it will pass any required safety and emissions tests. The best thing to do is have it looked at by a mechanic that isn’t connected to the dealership to make sure it is in good condition before actually purchasing the car. Make this a condition of the sale, and most dealerships should allow it.
Once you know the vehicle identification number you can also do a check on the car’s history to find out whether or not there have been any problems with it, such as accidents or being returned to the dealer in the past for having lots of issues. This will help you to avoid buying a sub-par Used Volvo.