Buying a used car is different than buying a new car from a dealership, the same way buying a new house is to buying a condominium. A new car comes from a dealership and is exactly the same as the similar ones made in a factory; a used car can come from a neighbor, friend, website, side of the street, or from a dealer. New cars have no previous owners while used cars can have multiple owners before ending up in your name. This means that each car has a different history and that determines the condition they are currently in. You can never know what is “under the hood” from just looking from the outside, so here are some smart tips to help guide you to buying a used car.
Numbers talk and the first question to always ask an owner of a used car that is the number of miles on the car. The reason for this question is to give you a good clue of the health condition the vehicle is in. You may think it is just a number, but it is actually the biggest clue you can get that is based on factual evidence you can see for yourself on the dashboard. The average number of miles per year is 15,000 miles, over that is considered “high mileage”. Keep in mind though that even though a car has low or average mileage does not mean it is in good condition.
The following question to consider asking is how the car was maintained throughout its history and the following is where it was maintained. Was the maintenance taken care of at the dealership, at an independent mechanic, or at a “shade tree” mechanic? Cars maintained at dealerships and independent mechanics are considered fine, just like the services offered at our Newport Motors dealership. Cars maintained at “shade tree” mechanic should be avoided; a “shade tree” mechanic is not affiliated with a garage. After that you must check if the maintenance of the car is up-to-date.
Next research topic you should check is the collision history if there is any. Do not depend on vehicle history reports are sometimes not accurate and do not include every accident that has occurred, so outside research is necessary. Ask the owner for the history, and if an accident has occurred to make sure that the required repairs have been made. To find out the condition of the car without just depending on the owner’s word, a car inspection is advised. An inspection performed by a licensed personnel is the second step to discover what is really “under the hood”.
Once all the research has been conducted, all there is to do is to make a decision on whether the vehicle meets all your standards. If you do the right research, buying a used car doesn’t have to be a risk if you just follow these easy steps. It might seem like a lot of work and research, but it will all be worth it in the long run. Good luck and happy car shopping!