Five Questions to Ask When You Buy a Used Car
It can be intimidating making a car purchase of any kind, but when you’re purchasing a used vehicle there’s the added uncertainty of what has happened to the car before your purchase. We’ve bought several used vehicles, and here are a few questions you can ask to make sure you’re making a good choice with your purchase:
• Was the vehicle ever involved in an accident? This is probably my number one question; if it has that can mean there are underlying problems as a result. Small fender benders wouldn’t scare me away, but a major crash in a car’s history could spell trouble.
• Can I see service records? Find out if the car received regular oil changes and tune-ups; if any parts that wear down over time have been replaced. You want to make sure the used car you’re purchasing has been taken care of so you don’t have unforeseen problems down the road.
• What’s the mileage? An average of 12,000 miles per year is considered the norm, so break down the total mileage by the age of the car to figure out if the car has a low or high average.
• Is this a certified pre-owned vehicle? Many dealerships offer these, and it can definitely bring peace of mind; it means that it’s been through an extensive & detailed inspection. Ask if you can see the inspection.
• How many previous owners has the vehicle had? The more owners, the more likely it is that there is some problem with the car causing people to want to get it off their hands.
: Christi is the owner and author of the blog 'Frugal Novice' (http://frugalnovice.com/), you can also find her on Facebook
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