Quick tips for buying a used vehicle:
Used vehicles are often the best deal in the automotive market. Any vehicle that is two or three years old have already taken their biggest depreciation hit. A great factor to consider with every used car sale.
Buying from a registered car dealer is always a good suggestion. Is the used car dealer a member of OMVIC?
Don't forget to factor in everything when planning your purchase. If you're buying in the summer, have you planned on purchasing winter tires too? How much does a truck use gas vs an economy car? What is the depreciation on the used vehicle you are considering?
Check online for any automotive reports, blogs or consumer info that might help you choose your next vehicle. It is good to gather as much information as possible.
Consider the features you can't live without. A two door car isn't always the most practical and doesn't offer additional space for hauling groceries or other items and even though there might be a back seat, it can be very difficult for passengers to get in and out. Making a list will help narrow down the type of vehicle that would fit your needs.
What is your budget? Don't overpay for a used car. If the vehicle you are considering is way too high or low, what are the reasons? It could cost quite a bit for maintenance as the specific make or model could have had multiple issues. It helps talking to someone who has expertise with all vehicles.
What is the history of the car?
Does the vehicle you are considering have a history of recalls? Recalls do occur on occasion and it is good to know if there is anything pending on that specific model. The more research you do ahead of time could result in avoiding a lemon.
If you feel comfortable, you can always look for key signs that the vehicle has many more years of life. Check under the hood. Look for signs of rust, leaky fluids. Check the transmission fluid and oil by the dipstick. Do the tires look like they have been worn evenly? Is there a full size spare tire?
The vehicle might be showing signs of rust, dents or scratches on the body. Inside the car might show rips, tears or stains. Quickly check to make sure the heating, air conditioning and radio works. Check the trunk as it might indicate usage of the car by wear and tear. When checking out the potential used car, don't worry about minor scratches. Most used vehicles will have a few. Tires could be scuffed up or have cracks in them, check the rims for dents too. How does the glass look? Check for chips or cracks. Check for warning lights on the dash. Check the hoses or belts under the hood for cracks or excessive wear.
You should have the used vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic to be sure before the purchase of your used car.
Making your final decision.
Take the vehicle out for a test drive before you ultimately decide. Are there any warning lights on? How does it feel on the road and on the highway or up a steep hill? You will never know until you are behind the wheel of your car that it is a suitable fit for you. Everyone's different! Love your new car.