If you have ever visited a new car dealership then you have been treated to nothing short of the best in customer service. It’s likely that red carpets were rolled out, a chef was flown in to cook you a special meal, and everybody in the dealership learned a song and dance, just for you!
Okay, maybe it wasn’t exactly like that, but you were treated well.
If you are gearing up (pardon the pun) to buy a used car this time around, however, then you should prepare for a very different experience and one which requires you to be a little more alert and ask a few more questions, like the ones below.
Do You Really Need to Buy a Car in the First Place?
That’s right! The first question is for you! A car can add a large expense to your monthly budget, and with options like utilizing a hertz coupon from Groupon Coupons each of the few times that you need to use a vehicle, many people don’t actually NEED a new car.
What Can You Tell Me About the Previous Owner?
If you are certain that you need to buy a car then the first question to ask a dealer is about the previous owner. The reason why this question is important is that it can help you to build a picture of how well the vehicle was treated prior to it arriving in the sales yard.
As an example, if the dealer can tell you that the vehicle was previously owned by an elderly couple then it would be reasonable to expect that the vehicle was driven carefully and generally only over short distances. If, as another example, they tell you that the previous owner was a new driver learning how to drive a shift-stick, then it’s probably fair to assume that there will be a bit of mechanical damage.
Whatever the answer, imagine yourself as the previous driver and consider how you would treat the vehicle.
How Well Was the Vehicle Maintained?
Once you have an idea of how the vehicle was driven it’s time to ask about how well it was maintained. After all, just because the previous owners were elderly and only drove the car slowly and over short distances doesn’t mean that they were thorough with vehicle maintenance and upkeep.
For this reason, ask to see the mechanical logbook for the vehicle. This will show you what type of maintenance the vehicle has, or hasn’t, received and what types of products were used during each service.
Can I Take It for a Drive?
Last, but certainly not least, is the question of taking the car for a tyes drive. Why is this a question on the list to ask? Because, believe it or not, many dealers will try to tell you that they don’t have insurance for test-drives or make up another excuse which doesn’t allow you to get behind the wheel of the car. If you receive an answer like this, there is a good chance that there is something wrong with the vehicle that the dealer doesn’t want a potential buyer to find prior to signing the papers.
Nobody said that buying a used car was easy, but with the help of this article, you can be sure to find the right vehicle for you.