5 Important Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car
Searching for a new car is an effort, but when you are looking for a used car to buy, it can turn into a daunting task. Here are a few important pointers to consider that will make your search for a new used car much simpler!
Establish Your Needs
The first step when you are thinking about any big purchase is to establish the parameters you want it to fulfil. Make a list of the daily tasks that you do and the special requirements that you might need in a car to complete those tasks. If your list points more towards city driving then look at used hatchbacks and small SUVs that can be perfect for that, but if you have more of an adventurous spirit and like to go off-roading over the weekends then a bigger SUV might be a better option.
Allocate A Budget
Once you have established your needs, your budget becomes much simpler. It’s very important to allocate a budget for how much you want to spend and possibly look at cars that fall on the lower end of that budget since with a used car you might be looking at some repairs or customisations along the way. This is also a good time to understand the additional features you might want your car to have and look for cars with those features already built-in since getting them separately can be expensive.
This step can turn into a blessing in disguise for you, especially if you think you have found the perfect car. There can be chances wherein your excitement to buy a new car might make you miss some important factors that can trouble you in the future. In that case, it’s always advisable to have a friend/support to look at the car from a neutral perspective and if that person is an expert on cars then that’s just perfect. The second set of eyes can be really helpful for you to spot and report any report and red flags that might get missed by you.
Go For a Test Drive
This is one of the most important tasks to complete before you finally commit to buying the car. Every vehicle is slightly different, so check for things like are the brakes and transmission making you feel in control and how natural the steering feels to you. Don’t just look for simple things like how the car drives and if you like the exteriors of the car, check for things like was the car easy to get in and out of or does it have enough headroom and does your lower back feel supported. It’s important to look out for the essentials – these are what need to be in line with your needs and if you’d be happy to drive in it every single day.
Check for Damages and Repairs
Alright, you have checked and ticked all the important boxes before buying a used car but the most important step, especially in this kind of situation is checking for any repairs and damages the car might want. Get an independent inspection from a qualified mechanic that can tell you if there are any problems you might need to take care of in the future. Make use of resources available to you like the RACV cost running calculator and the government-run Personal Property Securities Register to help you deliver a full vehicle history report indicating if the car has been written off or stolen. This where buying from a dealership can be advantageous as you’ll have a guaranteed title and wouldn’t require a PPSR report.
We get that buying a used car can feel a bit overwhelming, but before making a major purchase and big commitment ask as many questions and take your time to make the purchase.