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Tips On Shopping For A Used Car

May 9, 2008
When you go shopping for a used car it is best to get the help of a qualified car mechanic to assess the car's condition so you can be sure that you are buying a car still in good running condition, and not something ready to be thrown to the scrap heap. Ensure that the car technician's advice should focus on the condition of the engine and other parts of the vehicle related to its use as a running machine.

Do not make the mistake of looking just at the car's appearance in the display room of the car dealer. It may look very nice and appears like new as if it just came from the factory. Maybe it was only newly repainted, and nothing more. Sometimes potential buyers go for the car's looks, but the unit could just be a piece of junk. It can pass as a car museum souvenir, but it may not serve the purpose why you are buying it.

It is best that you will be present when the technician/mechanic does his inspection and checking of the car, to ensure that the procedure is meticulously done. If you still are not confident of the results, try to get a second opinion of another technician, preferably somebody whom you know personally and trust, and with whom you had some working relationship in the past.

As part of the car checks you are conducting, go on a test run of the unit with the car technician to see how it actually functions on the road. Try taking it to the rougher country-type roads. These could be better testing terrain on the functionality of the vehicle.

Check also if it is not a gasoline guzzler. This factor might give you more headaches later when you will be the one footing the fuel bills. You could be paying a lesser amount now for the used car, compared to what you will pay if you instead opt for a brand-new machine. If you will be stuck later with an expensive machine in terms of gasoline and repair and maintenance costs, it might make better sense to go for a brand-new unit.

If the previous owner bought the car brand-new, get from him the records of the original purchase. You can then check if there was anything anomalous in the car's history. If it had been a stolen car, you could just be falling into a problem you never expect to confront you after paying for the used car. It is also prudent to check with the appropriate police and other government agencies to see if there were any delinquencies connected with the car prior to its being placed on sale.

The tips suggested here might sound tedious. These are however necessary things that you should do, to have a better peace of mind afterward. Remember that what you will have will be an old machine. You could have many regrets later if your decision now is wrong and you end up with a machine with a multitude of problems.
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