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Do not buy a bad second hand car, try these tips!

August 20, 2017 POSTED UNDER: buying a car

Have you recently bought a car that you saved up especially for? You may have done all the research that is required when making such a big splash and found that this one was your dream vehicle. If so, so far so good! And now you are out, checking out a few different cars of the make and model that you want at some used dealerships. This is where the trouble starts, and you have to know certain things in order to avoid it. Because if you look closely, you’ll see some spray paint on the doors, in the general area of the bottom portion. And you don’t look closely, so you buy the car, a vehicle that has been in a crash and fixed to look new. And you have no idea because you didn’t read this article.

If you are currently out looking for a used car to buy, you have to be on the lookout for warning signs. Red flags that indicate that the seller is trying to pull the wool over your eyes and sell you a straight lemon. Read further to find out how you can avoid this.

Ask many a question

Anyone who has any sort of experience can attest to, asking as many questions you can think of will give you a better chance of not buying a bad used car. The fact of the matter is that you are about to spend a whole bunch of dollars on this vehicle. So ask away. Questions should vary from queries pertaining to where the vehicle originates from, how well the car handles, did the last owner maintain it well and drive responsibly, and what its history of repairs is like. Even try to extract info regarding where the vehicle has gone for maintenance and who the mechanic is.

Request a viewing of the maintenance records

Receipts collected from all the times the vehicle has been taken in to be maintained are very helpful. They show how well the car has been looked after. They offer an insight to the automobile’s history. You will see what mechanical issues it has had in the past. And best of all. If everything is in order, you will have peace of mind regarding the transparency being offered to you.

However, if the seller tells you that there aren’t any maintenance records, run for the hills. Make sure you wear your best running shoes to the dealership just in case this happens. It means that either the vehicle was the unfortunate recipient of extensive damage as a result of a crash. Or the car was acquired via illicit means.

Don’t be afraid to nitpick

Being lazy never got anyone anywhere. Don’t just give the vehicle a once over and think everything is ok. You’ll be amazed at the level of skill panel beaters and mechanics have when it comes to restoring cars that have been in accidents. So don’t be afraid to have an extremely close inspection. If the vehicle has experienced flood damage there may be signs of it on the interior carpets. Look under the vehicle for oil leaks. Do some hard-core research in other problem areas to go over with a fine tooth comb.

Just follow these simple tips and increase your chances to avoid buying a lemon car. Have a nice buying!

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