What to Look for When Buying a Used Car – A Complete Guide

Buying a used car requires that you consider the bells and whistles!

It is not always that one can afford to buy a new car. Most people start off with a pre-used the car before they are confident and comfortable financially of buying a new car even if it is based on a mortgage.

There is no stigma to it like most of the belief:

I have heard a lot of people twitching their noses and disapproving of their children or their acquaintances or friends who would like to go for an already used car. They probably have a prejudice or perhaps a bad experience but let me make it clear up front that there is and should not really be any stigma in buying a pre-owned car.

In fact, I feel it is so good for Mother Earth that more and more people believe in recycling.

We at Mechanicbase want to make sure that you have a wonderful experience with your used car as much as you would have if it was a brand new one!

Here are the things that you may want to consider before going in for one:

Make a list of the things that you are particular about having in your car:

Once you are clear about what you want in a car, you can hit a local dealer and check out the models available. There is no big need to rush. You may also want to check out the other dealers. The list helps you in shortlisting the car that is there at the showroom. We find this exercise extremely useful.

Only remember that the more things you want in the car, the price on the sticker will commensurate.

Check for the maintenance schedule:

You don’t want to buy a white elephant for yourself. So, make sure that you have carefully gone through the preventive and the mandatory service schedule of the car. You must do this in detail to make sure that there is nothing considering that is hidden from plain sight.

Test ride the vehicle that you are interested in:

Usually, a test ride is enough to tell you clearly if you should ride the vehicle home. If there are any repairs or cover-ups it will be obvious from this. So, insist that you drive the vehicle before you sign on the dotted lines.