Buying a brand new car does not require a lot of skill. Order the car and options wanted, pay and collect in due course. It’s a simple as that. Buying a used car however requires considerably more thought and attention to detail. The older the car, the more care is needed. For a more recent model a forecourt warranty should give a certain degree of peace of mind but the sensible buyer can never be too careful.
Be prepared to spend some time carefully going over every aspect of your prospective purchase, especially with a private sale. The sensible buyer won’t be rushed so if the vendor seems agitated or keen to push things along, don’t give in to the pressure. If in any doubt, walk away.
Essentially, everything has to be checked. The paperwork should all be in place and all details should match up. These days a full service history is probably mandatory but if there are some gaps the sensible buyer should ask the question why. You’ll want to see that everything is working; wipers, electric windows and other powered ancillaries, for example. If there is built-in satellite navigation, check that it functions correctly and so on. It’s all a bit of nuisance to be honest and these days we prefer, as with so many things, to buy online.
Is this the best new way to buy a used car? Most of us seem to think it is. Yes, potential car buyers can trawl around dealer forecourts and the like but, outside of the local area, it’s all a bit inconvenient. It is so much better to sit and choose a vehicle from the comfort of your own home. Nevertheless, care needs to be taken.
A couple of random photographs taken of a vehicle is hardly a suitable basis for selection, especially when it comes to spending a large sum of money. Without being able to physically stand beside the car in real time and give it the once-over, how can you be sure that it is not all surface dressing? That’s why a dealer that supplies many clear images taken from every possible angle inside and out is one to be taken seriously. This way buyers can see there is nothing to hide. Now that’s good service.
A Sense Of Realism
Trust works both ways though and we, as purchasers of cars, need to understand that anything that is not brand spanking new is not going to be blemish free. It is unreasonable to expect that even with low mileage one-owner cars, the vehicle hasn’t suffered in some way the consequence of use. That’s why, when we see the right used car at the right price
, possibly one that comes with a great finance package
, it would be wrong to dismiss it just because of some very minor sign of use. In any case, a good dealer will always be upfront and tell a potential customer about such things at the point of sale. That way there’s no confusion.
Buying used cars make sense. The ‘new car depreciation’ factor is past and many of the cars available are almost as good as new. Taking a realistic view of car buying always makes for a happier outcome.