How many of us buy used vehicles, sure they have done a lot, but soon after realizing they had to spend more than the value of the car. Or even the worst – the car is proven to be stolen or the seller actually has no right to sell it.
This happened. And here are some reasons. Come see:
1. The seller gives you a vehicle.
Not too many previous owners, a few minor scratches and strange engine sounds that, he assures you, “nothing serious”.
Unless you are a good mechanic or you have a good mechanic to tell you, don’t take the seller’s word for it and buy a car. You can not believe it. In the end, it is “his job” to sell it to you, no matter what. You must have a pretty good idea about the car situation. This point is very much related to the next one.
2. Don’t buy a car if the seller doesn’t have a registration certificate.
You will not be able to check the owner or car details. The vehicle could be stolen or the seller has no right to sell it to you.
3. Don’t buy a used car if it is raining or getting wet
I know that sounds crazy, but never make the decision to buy a used car if it’s raining or getting wet. As one of my friends said, “They all look beautiful when wet”. Also, try not to check the vehicle you want to buy in bad light or at night.
4. Check the car’s mileage
Make sure the car’s milage hasn’t been clocked (the odometer has been rotated again) to increase the value of the car. This practice is illegal. You might want to check MOT certificates before and now.
5. Ask the service history, so you will know what to expect.
6. Try a test drive and drive the car yourself.
Don’t let the seller fool you. You have to check whether the engine is strong enough, if the brakes are good, the gearbox is functioning properly and so on. If you are not happy, better leave.