The Five Things You Need To Look For In A Second Hand Car

By on January 30, 2013

Are you in the market for a second hand car? Perhaps your child is going off to college or you are simply looking for a change of vehicle, but cannot afford a new one. Buying a second hand motor car is tricky and you need to be careful that you are not sold a barely functioning pile of metal.

How do you go about purchasing a second hand vehicle? Here is a five step process to purchasing a second hand car:

Number One – Set A Budget
The first and most important part of this vehicle purchase is deciding on a price. When deciding on a price, you need to look at a number of different areas: how much money are you able to spend, what accessories are you looking for in the vehicle and the engine size and the purpose of this vehicle.

Number Two – Start Your Search
Once you have set a budget, it is time to start searching for the vehicle. Look at local car blogs, second hand sales websites, contact new and second hand dealerships and speak to your friends and family.

Number Three – Set Up A Meeting
Once you have found a vehicle that fits your price range, set up a meeting with the seller. Ensure that this meeting is in a public area, because if you have the wrong feeling about the deal, then the seller does not know where you live.

Number Four – Looking At The Vehicle
When looking at the vehicle, you need to take three things into consideration:

One – Look At The Service History
A full service history ensures that the car is properly maintained and that the car is in good condition. If you are unsure of the history, contact the service garage and speak to the mechanic that dealt with the vehicle, there name will be on the service book, and inquire more on the vehicle.

Two – The Condition Of The Vehicle
This refers to the condition of the body work, interior, boot and seats. Ensure that the vehicle does not have bumps, scratches, tears in the upholstery or stains. If you notice something needs to be replaced you have three options: ask them to replace it before the sale, ask for a reduction on the price or do not purchase the vehicle. Ensure that you make the right choice for you.

Three – Take A Test Drive
Taking the car for a test drive will allow you to hear the motor, feel the brakes and ensure that the car is fully functioning. If you are not clued up on vehicles, have your local mechanic or a friend come with to the meeting. They will quickly be able to tell you if the car is a good buy.

Number Five – Make An Offer
If you are happy with the vehicle, it is time to make an offer on the vehicle. Ensure that you take into account the registration and other fees that you will incur when changing the vehicle into your name.

In conclusion, when purchasing a second hand vehicle, it is important to check the vehicle through thoroughly. You do not want to find yourself with an unreliable vehicle and out of pocket. Remember to put the vehicle on your insurance plan before driving; otherwise you will not be covered in the event of an accident.

I am Greg Jones, when my eldest child decided she wanted to study at the University of Stellenbosch, I realised I needed to purchase her a vehicle to get around town in. I contacted a used cars Cape Town agency and found her a fantastic second hand Chevy Spark. It suits all her needs and because it is so light on petrol and reliable, it suits my needs as well.

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