Any vehicle purchase could see you being ripped off. It is the sad reality.
We have touched on some basics for deciding whether you want a new or used car, but now we will look solely at what you need to be aware of when buying a used car.
You want to get the best deal whether it be price, comfort, features or low kms etc. At the same time you definitely need to consider the risk associated.
The starting point for every person when it comes to a transaction is price. Sometimes you can be swayed by the shine and glitter of a new product or maybe you just have loyalty to a particular brand or make. But price still remains the ultimate consideration for understandable reasons.
Often, you can get an estimated value of the car you have decided on. Doing this will determine if the person or dealer is trying to oversell the vehicle to you or not. If they are, provide proof of the estimation. It is like anything in life where you may need to price-match to get the deal you are after and ultimately deserve.
Also consider the overall look of the vehicle. Chances are, if the vehicle has low miles/kms, you will be getting plenty of use out of it! Don’t be afraid to look hard for what you like because you might be stuck with it for a while. Comfort, features and reliability are things you should focus on, but if a car stands out to you and you can afford it then trust your instinct.
Then make sure you understand the end process – documentation, paperwork and negotiation. Ensure you provide relevant and up-to-date information in your application so dealers are given the complete picture but don’t forget to negotiate before you establish a final price. Squeeze them for everything they’ve got because they’ll definitely be doing the same to you!