Tips to keep in mind when buying a used car

Finding cars for sale online can be a real pain. Especially if you are looking for quality used cars. Especially if you do not know what to look out for.

Don’t worry. The Junk Mail team are here to help with a short list of things to look out for when buying a car.

  • Make sure you have a budget for what you can spend on your new wheels. There is no sense in buying a new BMW if you can only afford a second hand  VW Polo.
  • Make sure you know what the current going rate is for the car you are looking at. Shop around to see what the average price is of the car you are looking at. If the price of a car is slightly more than average you could always try and get the seller to lower the price.
  • Never buy a car without test driving it yourself. The best judge of a car is a person who is going to own the car in the end.
  • Make sure the engine numbers correspond to the numbers given on the registration papers. Same goes for VIN.
  • Always inspect the car’s bodywork in the daylight. Check for rust. Test the body on spots that don’t look smooth by pressing gently with you thumb on the spot. If you hear a cracking sound there is rust under the paint.
  • Water stains inside the car may indicate leaks from doors or windows.
  • Make sure to check for damage that might indicate that the car has been in a collision. Things like welding spots, strange colour paint spots and creasing can be signs of a car that has been repaired.
  • When you drive the car there should be no rattling or knocking sounds and the steering should not pull to the left or the right.

These are just a few points to keep in mind when buying a second hand car. What do you think people should check for when buying a used car? Please comment on this post and let us know what you think.

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Henno Kruger

Digital Marketing Campaign Coordinator at Junk Mail Publishing.

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