Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying used cars has been more popular lately, with prices of new vehicles steadily on the rise. While you might not have the same bragging rights as purchasing a new set of wheels, you can never underestimate the quality of these used cars. Especially since enhancements in vehicle engineering have made cars more durable than they were in the past. However, there’s always that stigma—and that sense of fear—that comes with buying a used car. Fortunately, certified pre-owned vehicle programs have done a lot to ease consumer fears. Of course, it also helps if you know the right questions to ask the seller.

1. “Why are you selling your car?”

While sellers, if they do want to find a buyer for their vehicle, will never say that their car is a piece of junk, you need to be vigilant for tell-tale signs, which mean the same. If the seller is too jittery or nervous when giving his or her explanation, then you better check out other cars.

2. “What’s the car’s mileage?”

The number of miles that reflect that car’s odometer can either help you or beat you when it comes to the negotiations. A car’s mileage basically reflects the life of the car and can help you predict how long it’ll run for. If the odometer reading shows a high number or it remains stuck while you drive the car, it’s a sign for you to check out other cars.

3. “What’s the current state of the car?”

Because you’re not outright asking what the car’s problems are, an honest seller should be able to give you a less guarded answer. While it would be amazing to buy a pre-owned car which has virtually no problems, this is rarely the case and you need to ask yourself if you can live with the current problems that the car has. Try to assess the car yourself and if you see any inconsistencies with what the seller is saying, you might be on your way to being duped.

4. “What are its features?”

Just like when you’re buying a new car, a decked-out vehicle would definitely be more valuable. Check out the upholstery, the air conditioning unit and the sound system.

5. “Are you the first owner?”

As a rule, a single-owner car is always the best. But other than this, talking to the original owner means that you’ll receive the best answers to your questions and information is essential to making the right decision as to whether or not to purchase a car.

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