It might be your first time buying a used car, or you might be an expert at it, or you might be buying from car dealerships in Layton, Utah, Ogden, Utah, or in other states, or perhaps from a private seller. Whatever the scenario is, you should ask a few important questions before buying a used car.
Here’s a list of questions you need to ask to buy a used car with confidence.
1. Why are you selling the car?
2. What’s the current condition of the car and its mileage?
This question will give you answers about the car’s known issues or flaws in its systems. The current mileage of the vehicle will also help you determine how old the car is.
3. Where did you purchase the vehicle, and when?
You should know if the seller purchased the car from a dealership or a private seller by asking this question. You will be able to get additional details about the history of the vehicle.
4. Has anything on the car been replaced?
Asking this question will help you know how much money you might need to invest in the vehicle. New or recent replacements on the car could increase its value; however, it could also save you a lot of time and money because you won’t have to replace those parts.
5. How long a test drive can I take?
6. Did the car have regular oil changes and maintenance?
If the seller has the maintenance and service records or documents, ask them to give you a copy. These will help you determine if the previous owners took good care of the car.
7. Can I hire a mechanic to inspect the car?
Taking the car to a professional mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection is important. Hearing a professional’s opinion is good because you will know what’s happening with the car’s engine, wiring, etc.
8. Can you repair this problem before purchase?
If you or the mechanic discovers a flaw or damage in the vehicle, ask the seller if it’s possible to get the damage fixed before you purchase the car.
9. Has the car been involved in an accident?
Accidents are sometimes reported on a vehicle history report, but the reports don’t say everything. If the vehicle was involved in an accident, ask the seller how it was damaged and if it got repaired.
10. How did you come up with the price?
If you’re done asking all the questions above, and you’re getting serious about purchasing the vehicle, now it’s time to find out how the seller priced it. If the seller says they used a pricing guide on the Internet, you can double-check to confirm if the price is accurate.