If you want to make sure you get the best deal l when buying a used car, you need to do your research far enough in advance so that you know what you are looking for. In the first place you should obtain a car loan preapproval so you know what your finance limits are. Next, you need to know some of the history of the model vehicle you are looking to purchase.
There are plenty of websites that will tell you about any issues relating to particular models of all manufacturers and it is well worth your while spending some time going through these.
But when it comes to safety issues there are several points you should cover. Let's go over some of them now so you can be sure you are buying a car that ticks all your boxes.
- All modern cars in Australia are fitted with anti-lock brakes and airbags at the very least. Seat belts, of course, are also compulsory additions to all vehicles. Any used-car should also satisfy these requirements but you should ensure that they are in full operational capacity and that the vehicle has passed a safety inspection standards recommended in your state.
- We have all seen movies with crash test dummies and most vehicle manufacturers have published the results of these tests. Spend some time online and check out the crash data to make sure the safety standard of the vehicle you are considering meets your requirements.
- Always use a qualified mechanic to check your potential vehicle before you start negotiating a price. Most motor vehicle associations in every state of Australia provide this service and a small fee you will obtain the peace of mind you need. The inspection should cover the following points.
- Seat belts.
- Exhaust System.
- Oil leaks.
A road test is also a vital importance and if you can take your mechanic with you it is a good time could to discuss any unusual characteristics you notice and to pick up any unusual noises.
If at all possible buy a car from a registered used-car dealer as this will afford you legislative protection in the event of any future problems. You will also enjoy a limited warranty on the vehicle which can give you added peace of mind.
If you are purchasing the car privately you might want to draw up a contract that gives you a three-month warranty against any mechanical or engine failure.
These used-car buying tips will ensure that you do not end up with a car that fails to meet your predetermined standards. Let's face it, you do not want to end up buying someone else's problem and following the above points will ensure that this does not happen.
Having preapproved car finance is an important negotiating tool which you can use to your advantage. Being able to negotiate a cash price could be the final step which places you ahead of the field.