If they are looking at used cars for sale, Perth based drivers can quickly become overwhelmed with the amount of choices. Buying a pre-owned car is a great way to gain access to many of the latest features and tech at an affordable price. However, if you don’t know what you’re doing it can be easy to end up with a lemon. In this brief guide, we will look at some simple tips that we help you to make an informed choice.
Be Prepared to Buy
It’s a good idea to take some time to carry out research on the types of cars that you’re interested in. Work out your budget, evaluate your needs and don’t forget to check the insurance premium costs. It’s very easy to get sucked into buying a car that you cannot afford or doesn’t have the features that you really need. As an example: you may want an offroad vehicle, but if you’re never going to use it off road, do you really need to spend the extra cash?
Shopping for Used Cars
Always shop for used cars with a reputable local dealer, there are more protections in place compared to a private seller, and although it may cost a little more, there could be additional incentives available. It’s essential that you inspect the car personally or take along a friend or relative that knows more about cars. Don’t ever sign any paperwork until you are entirely happy with the deal and you thoroughly understand the terms. Don’t be afraid to ask about the car’s history and always take a test drive before you commit to buy. Finally, ask about any extras that come with the sale, you may be surprised at what’s available, and it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Inspecting a Used Car
Always take someone along if you can, after all, two sets of eyes are better than one. Inspect cars in daylight as it’s easier to see any defects, marks, and dents in the bodywork. Here are some things that you need to look out for when inspecting the car.
An External Inspection
Look for bubbles and differences in colour in the paintwork; this could be an indication that there is rust of accident damage. A fridge magnet can be used to check suspect areas for body filler as the magnet will not stick to it. Keep an eye out for doors, windows, and panels that have gaps or don’t seem to fit together correctly this is another sign of accident damage. Look under the car for any signs of oil or other fluid leaks and check the tyres for adequate tread and uneven wear.
Inside the Engine Bay
Check the dipstick, and look to see if the oil looks milky or grey, there could be serious engine issues, and you should walk away. Check the radiator cooling fan, the battery and the battery housing for signs of rust. Remove the radiator cap to examine the coolant, it should look clean and have a bright colour.
An Internal Inspection
Check that the seatbelts work, examine the upholstery for signs of wear and try out all the seats to ensure that they’re comfortable. Run through all the internal lights, power windows, air conditioning, infotainment systems, and wipers to make sure they work. Look under the carpet for signs of corrosion in the cabin and the boot. While you’re in the boot, check the spare tyre and make sure you have a jack and/or toolkit for tyre changes.