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Important Questions To Ask Before Buying

Important Questions To Ask Before Buying

Posted On 18 Jul, 2013

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Thinking about buying a used-vehicle, but unsure of which to to buy? How can you make sure that you end up with a vehicle that isn’t a dud? Sometimes, in the used vehicle market, it can be difficult to work out which questions you need to ask before purchasing. Well, we’ve laid out a comprehensive list for you to use below.

Always ask for the number of miles on the odometer. I know this is pretty much a given, but it is important to emphasize how much this question matters. The odometer miles are a great indicator of the wear and tear any used vehicle has gone through. If you have the car or van’s odometer number, you can use various sites like gauge to its value.

Ask why the vehicle is being sold. There are many reasons that do not de-value a vehicle whilst it is on the market. Examples of these would be; a new model has just been bought to upgrade, or that a family member is no longer in need of it. Basically, you are looking for reasons that mean a vehicle has been sold quickly, and not sat in a garage for a long period of time.

Ask where and from whom the vehicle was bought. The last owners and their lifestyle will be indicative of the problems or merits as a whole. For instance, a vehicle that has been owned by a single professional and used primarily in their home town, might have a very different value from one that was owned by a couple with three young children. Whilst asking the above question it is important to discover where it was bought from. The vehicle’s geographical location can show the possibility of specific weather based problems, such as cold winters in Scotland. Such things can impact a vehicle heavily.

Ask for a test drive. Aim for a test of thirty minutes, to judge the performance and handling. The reason for a thirty minute test is because any long-term problems are unlikely to reveal themselves during a shorter run. There are also some cases, in which you can have an even longer test. For instance, Hertz Car Sales (rent2buy) allows for a test rental of a week, which can be adjusted in the final price of the car in case you decide to buy it.

Check the vehicle for previous accidents or services. Remember that all vehicles have a VIN, which is used to identify not only any involvement in accidents, but also any service or maintenance that has been required in the past. Once you obtain this VIN, you can order a paper version of this information to look at in depth. This is invaluable, because it can lead to new information about the vehicle which will truly determine it’s worth.

Ask yourself how much you are willing to pay for the vehicle. This is a question that, of course, should be asked in advance, to prepare yourself and to put things in perspective, but, remember, you can also discuss this after you have viewed the vehicle, should you have doubts on value vs. cost.

As long as you remember the above questions, you will be protected and safe whilst looking for a used vehicle. However, ultimately there will always be risks with private sellers that can outweigh any benefits. For extra safety, and peace of mind, it is worth buying from an esteemed used vehicle company such as Hertz who will be able to find the perfect fit for you.

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