If you are looking to buy a used car but have never done so before, our guide gives you some tips on the questions you should always ask when buying a used car. Mirror Finish Firstly, you should always make sure to ask about the condition of your chosen car. Ask to see if there are any issues such as rust, how old the tires are, how old the car is and how many miles it has clocked up on the odometer.
You should also make sure to ask the dealer about the history of the car. Ideally, you should be able to obtain or at least view paperwork dating back to the cars origins, although you may find with some older models that there are bits of paperwork are missing. It is important, though, to find out as much about the cars history as you can. This will help you find out whether its ever been stolen or any issues with breakdowns and other problems.
Assuming you are using a professional used car dealer rather than a private seller, you should also ask them if they offer any follow up service after you have bought the car as it helps to know what sort of support you can expect in the event of problems with the vehicle. For example, if you discover that the car is in more disrepair than you previously thought, you need to know what to do about it and if the dealer will be willing to help.
The cost is an important part of buying any car, so you should definitely ask your dealer how much it will be to see if it could be improved through negotiation. You want to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible, so you should do some research beforehand. Find out how much similar cars cost at other dealers and how much the car would cost as a new model and compare the prices a used car should always cost less than a new one.
One last question to ask the dealer is whether you can take your chosen car for a test drive as this will help you find out whether the car can actually meet all your needs. This will tell you what the car is like to drive and whether it is the right one for you. It can be useful to take the car on an extended drive to get to know it properly, so ask the dealer if you could possibly test drive it over the course of a weekend.