The used car industry is currently in a boom as more people are choosing the option of buying fairly used cars. The addition of new technology to new cars has boosted up the prices. It’s not cheap to add the latest GPS, satellite technology, cameras, sensors for keyless technology, and a myriad of other additions meant to make cars more intuitive and user-friendly.
The advent of online retailers has just cut out the middleman and made people more invested in the choice of car they make for themselves.
So, when picking out a new car for yourself or the family, what are the most important things to look out for?
Is It In Good Condition?
This seems like a no-brainer, right? The problem is not the checking; however, it’s knowing what to check for.
Make a checklist of all the things you must make sure are in top condition (or at least the condition claimed by the seller). Start with the outside, making sure that the paint is even and not hiding some fault. Check the tires and their threads, check that all the doors open properly and the windows wind, check the windscreen, wipers, and seatbelts, check the suspension by pressing down on the four corners of the car and observing how it bounces back. Check the engine and everything in the bonnet-with a professional, if possible.
Is Your Salesman Trustworthy?
More people are choosing to buy their cars online, and while that makes things much more convenient, it has also led to a rise in unscrupulous vehicle dealers.
You should only trust a certified and experienced used car dealer, one with all their permissions and certifications intact, a great user experience and customer-friendly policies. For instance, prospective car owners who are in the market for used cars in Basingstoke can get recommendations and verifiable user testimonials when they choose to buy a Mercedes from Sandown Group. Buying from specialised dealerships like that does not only give you peace and value for your money, but a support system for whenever the car develops faults that need to be checked.
Are There Any Outstanding Payments On The Car?
Sometimes, the used car you opt for might not be fully paid for. This is often the case when you buy from a private owner. You should be informed of this, and work out an arrangement with the seller so that their financial responsibilities don’t cripple you. This could reflect in a discounted payment, or instalments paid by the former owner.
Of course, when you buy from dealerships like Sandown Group, you don’t have to worry about this aspect of car ownership. You can choose the payment options that are most convenient for you, giving you the freedom to just enjoy your vehicle.
Is The Paperwork Complete?
The legal aspect of transferring ownership of the car can be a real pain, but it is very necessary. Make sure that all the papers are in order, and that the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred to you. If you don’t look out for yourself, you could be buying a stolen vehicle.
Again, not having to worry about this is another perk of buying from a dealership. Warranties, ownership agreements and payment options are worked out with every purchase.
This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers the most important considerations for someone who is serious about getting a car or changing theirs. Before you make that decision to hand over your wallet, make sure that all of these conditions are properly covered.
Your new car should be a joy and not a liability to you.