It’s always exciting to get a new vehicle (even when it’s used), but it can feel like you’re going out on a limb when purchasing a used one.
People sell vehicles for many reasons. There may be something wrong with it, perhaps there is something really wrong with it or they may just want a new one. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you are not getting a “lemon”. It’s important to keep in mind that when buying a used car, research is definitely key. If you feel like you aren’t getting the best deal possible or you feel rushed while inspecting your potential used car, it’s okay to say no thank you and walk away.
It is a great idea to order a report from a vehicle history service. This can uncover title problems and may reveal serious accidents or flood damage as well as any recall notices for the vehicle. Maintenance and repair records are a plus, but most sellers don’t have them.
The best thing to do is to have a professional Used Vehicle Inspection performed. Three reasons often deter car buyers from taking this vital step:
- Some consumers don't know that good used-car inspections are readily available.
- Many car buyers don't want to pay the extra money for an inspection.
- Some people anticipate a hassle getting a dealer or private party to agree to an inspection.
With a little planning, the inspection process can be simple and will go much deeper than just how good the vehicle looks and drives. You’ll get a feel for the vehicle’s overall condition, the status of major safety systems and an indication of how well it has been maintained. You’ll get a good idea of any work that needs to be done and that will help you determine an appropriate value for the vehicle.
If problems are uncovered, you can either steer clear of the vehicle or bargain for a better price. If everything is OK, you’ll have a plan for addressing any routine services that should be done, not to mention a whole lot of peace of mind. It’s pretty easy to see how a Used Vehicle Inspection is worth the cost!
It’s easy to fall in love with a vehicle, but don’t let your feelings cloud your judgment. Here at Old Town Automotive, we can perform a Used Vehicle Inspection so that you’ll know if you’re getting a peach or a lemon.
Old Town Auto Service <br/> 707.442.4556<br/> oldtownauto.com
Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant