If you’re considering buying a used car, you’re likely to be concerned about buying a lemon. If you want to avoid this potentially costly and frustrating situation, you need to follow these important steps.
Take Your Time
Your purchase decision will be based on more than just looking at used cars for sale, so you need to take your time. There are a number of tasks you need to complete before you even visit any used car dealers. Perth drivers will need to assess their budget, requirements and personal preferences and this is far easier from the comfort of your own home. Trying to make an important purchase decision at the showroom may encourage you to buy on impulse, and this could be a costly mistake.
Plan Your Budget
Perhaps the most critical step of buying a used car is to plan your budget. You need to not only think about how much you can afford to buy the vehicle, but also how you’ll cover the running costs. If you’re upgrading to another vehicle, you may find that you will pay less for fuel and insurance, but it is essential to work out the financial impact of your purchase. Some used car dealers may try to sweet talk you into a finance deal, but you need to have an idea of affordability before you even set foot in a showroom.
Inspect the Cars
Whether you’re buying from a reputable dealer or private seller, it is always critical to inspect any potential cars. Of course, reputable dealers may offer a warranty with the vehicle purchase, but you still need to check for any issues that may cause problems for you. For example, if there is any bodywork damage, it may be an indication of future repair issues. Additionally, if you’re buying from a private seller, you need to ensure that the vehicle is not encumbered and has a genuine history.
Take a Test Drive
Of course, in order to assess whether a used car is the right option for you, is to get behind the wheel. Once you have determined a potential vehicle arrange to take it for a spin. You’ll need to listen out for any engine noises that could indicate a problem and get an overall feel for the vehicle. Don’t be tempted to check out the audio system; you need to concentrate on whether you feel completely comfortable behind the wheel and whether this vehicle suits your requirements.
If you’re thinking about used cars for sale, you should call in and see us. We remove the uncertainty from buying a used car, with our selection of quality, pre-owned Subaru models. You’ll also find the Perth City Subaru team ready to answer any queries, discuss your finance options or arrange your test drive.