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Buying A Reliable Used Car

Introduction

A reliable used car may seem like a difficult bargain to acquire. Many of us fear that a used car will inherently have problems and won’t last. A reliable used car is in fact a good investment but one which takes some effort to get. More used cars are being sold now and looking at different choices has become easy thanks to online classified ads which has widened the market for private sellers and dealers.

Making sure it’s a Reliable Used Car

The following are steps to follow in buying a reliable used car. These are tips and guides on what you can do to ensure your investment is sound.

1.Ask for maintenance records

Documentation is one of the key points to look at in a used car. The entire maintenance history, including preventive maintenance and repairs should be well backed up by receipts and service reports. Oil, spark plugs and fluids should be replaced every so often. Check the manual for the Preventive Maintenance Schedule and countercheck the documents for receipts and job reports.

2.Ask for Certification

While this may cost you a bit more, ask to have the vehicle certified. They can take the car to the manufacturer to have it thoroughly inspected for any defects. A certified used car will probably have an extended warranty to protect you from any faults. It can cost a bit more however but it’s also well worth the price for peace of mind. It’s almost always best to go for factory certification rather than dealer certification in this case.

3.Have a Mechanic do a Check-up

Find a qualified and trusted garage or mechanic and spend a few bucks to check the car. They will usually do a checkup of all major components including the engine, steering and transmission system. The usual 32 point check-up (different points such as tires, brakes, fluids, etc.) is also part of the inspection. A thorough check by a mechanic can reveal any hidden problem.

4.Visually Inspect the Car

Take a real good look at the car first. Any sign of trouble will usually pop up in bad body condition, leaks as well as faulty electrical equipment like lights and the air conditioner.

5.Check the Vehicle History Report

Ask for the Vehicle Identification Number and you can get a detailed Vehicle History Report from CARFAX. CARFAX collates all data such as accident history, service records and almost any pertinent data about vehicle use. This gives you a more complete idea of what the car has gone through and if the seller is being honest with you.

By protecting yourself through these steps and programs, you know you’re definitely lowering the risk of buying a bad car. So always exercise caution and take these extra precautionary steps to buy a truly reliable used car.

If you enjoyed this article you should read my latest article and also visit my website on used cars under 5000.


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