Buying a used car can be one of the biggest financial costs you can incur, so make sure you make the right choice. Performing a few basic checks will reduce any risk and potentially save you unexpected costs.
Following are some tips for buying a used car:
Unless you purchased your vehicle from a registered dealer, you can check through digital vehicle valuation software. You'll quickly find out if the vehicle is a pending financing agreement, has been stolen or insurance has been completely taken out.
Check in the vehicle service book that maintenance is carried out at the correct intervals according to the manufacturer's instructions. A vehicle without a proper service history that can be inspected doesn't cost as much as one that can be inspected.
Always check the body for current or previous damage. Current damage is easier to check, previous damage leads to a careful inspection of the paint, especially if there are different shades of color. New paint usually comes in a slightly different color and if noticed it could mean the vehicle has been damaged at some point in an accident.
In a test drive, ensure that the clutch isn't damaged to the extent that it is. If the pedal moves back almost to its resting position before the car changes direction, it could be a sign of wear on the clutch plate or an issue with the cylinder, which requires additional analysis.