It is unlikely that anyone would argue that used cars are morein demand than new ones, since they are much cheaper. But the purchase of such a car is almost always associated with risks, since it is difficult to find out how the car was serviced, whether serious work was carried out or not, and where there are weaknesses in it.
The emergence of such difficulties is due to the fact that their owners carefully hide the problems in order to sell the car at a higher price. Naturally, if the owner of the car was the first and only one, and he makes contact, talking about problem areas, then there will be no difficulties, but such owners want to make money.
Therefore, it is important to know how you can buy a used car inexpensively, and at the same time get not a “bucket of bolts”, but a good car that will faithfully serve for more than one year.
Features of self-selection of the car
Before choosing a used car on your own, you need to decide on the planned budget, model, body type, gearbox, type of fuel. You should not immediately buy a car with the lowest price – perhaps there are many hidden problems that its owner is silent about.
The mileage of the car deserves special attention – in popular models it is most often twisted, so it is worth giving preference to cars with a mileage of up to 100 thousand km. It is important to immediately clarify how many owners the car had and the reason for the sale (you should find out by chance, during the conversation).
Before buying, it makes sense to spend a little time preparing – to study the literature, read information on specialized forums. This will allow you to orient yourself at least a little in the features of the car, know the most common problems of a particular model, and also make a list of questions that you can ask its owner when meeting and inspecting the car. It is important to study all offers for a particular selected model in order to compare condition, prices, equipment.
How to reduce the cost of a car from mileage before buying
Having as much information as possible about the car, you can talk about a discount while talking to the seller. The better prepared the buyer is, the more likely it is to receive a discount. An interesting point – it makes no sense to try to reduce the price several times (when talking on the phone, during an inspection, at a service station), since the seller may simply refuse to sell the car to an overly intrusive buyer.
It is recommended to bargain after the car has passed diagnostics at the service station – the buyer will know the exact information about the condition of the car and the seller will not be able to hide something, and the bargaining will be well-reasoned. If there is no knowledge about the car, assessment of its condition or experience in choosing a car, then it is worth bringing in a professional expert.
Many people think that hiring an auto expert is an extra expense, but it is a guarantee that the car will be examined professionally, possible problems will be identified and the final cost can be confidently reduced, and the discount amount will cover the expert’s fee and still have a nice bonus.