What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

When it comes to buying a car, there is the lovely experience which accompanies buying a new car, and then there is the one which comes with buying a used car.

And while buying a used car may not come with the glitz and the glam of its new-car counterpart experience, it is no less important.

To help you out in this regard, below are some great ideas on what to ask when buying a used car.

Do You Need It?
The first question that you should ask yourself is whether or not you truly need to buy a car. With services like the Groupon Coupons page for Zipcar, the barrier to taking advantage of a vehicle are a thing of the past. By renting a car on an hourly basis you can avoid the costs of maintenance and registrations.

However, if you are sure then keep reading.

What Can You Tell Me About the Previous Owner?
The first thing that you will want to know is who the previous owner was. This can give you an indication as to how the car was driven and what it may have been used for.

The perfect answer would be an elderly person who only used the car to pick up groceries once a week and an occasional trip to visit a relative. The worst answer that you can receive is that the previous owner was a teenager learning to drive a manual transmission for the first time.

Whatever the answer, listen well and try to imagine the driving scenarios the car was placed in.

Can You Tell Me About the Maintenance History?
Of course, in addition to driving the car well, it’s important that the previous owner also took care of regular maintenance items and didn’t let small problems become worse before selling the car.

The best answer will be in the form of a log book which will detail all of the services which the vehicle has had along with information about the type of products which were used not only during the service but also during the life of the vehicle

Can I Take It for a Drive
Huh? Why is this question on the list? The reason is that it’s often a question that a used car dealer will say no to. Why? Because it’s likely they are trying to hide something from you and know that a test drive will flush it out.

If you are in a position where you aren’t able to test drive a car, then you shouldn’t just walk away from the car but you should also consider walking away from the car lot.

Nobody who has ever been through the process will tell you that buying a used car is a pleasant experience, however, this doesn’t mean that it has to be a nightmarish one. Keep the article in mind when buying your next used car to help ensure you pick the right one for you.