A Guide On How To Purchase Used Cars

Buying a used car can seem like an easy task. However, buyers must exercise caution to ensure the vehicle they purchase serves their needs. Below is a comprehensive guide on the various considerations you should make when buying a used car

Market Research

Visit a few dealers and check internet sales to know the price of the model you intend to purchase. Used vehicles are priced according to their condition, mileage, year of manufacture and extra features. You could save some cash by buying the car during the low season when there is little demand for used vehicles. Alternatively, you could buy the vehicle a few weeks before the release of a new model. You will find buyers that are ready to dispose of their used cars at a discounted price to purchase the new model.

Consider Buying From a Dealers

There are various benefits of buying a used vehicle from a dealer. These include the following: 

  • Dealers conduct due diligence to ensure the car is not stolen and has not been involved in criminal activities.
  • They provide guarantees such as free repairs if the vehicle's engine breaks down within a month after purchase.
  • Dealers provide a variety of financing options for buyers that do not have adequate cash.
  • The dealer may have a trade-in option if you have another car that you no longer use. 


Most dealers and individual sellers will give good discounts to serious customers. However, how can you ask for a price cut? Do not show desperation or hastiness when buying the car. Take your time to examine its various features, comment on its defects and tell the seller that the vehicle is priced above your budget. Besides, you could pit one seller against the other. 

Insist on a Pre-Purchase Inspection Report

Once you agree on the purchase price, ask the seller to provide a detailed pre-purchase inspection report. The report explains the condition of the engine. For instance, does the engine have leaks? What parts have been replaced? It also evaluates the condition of the tires, braking system, electricals, transmission, interior and exterior. The seller should also provide the car's service and maintenance records.

If you are satisfied with the inspection report, go for a test drive to examine the vehicle's performance and handling. It is difficult to find a used car without one or two faults. However, avoid cars with problematic issues that will cost a lot of money to repair.

Purchasing a used car could not be any easier. Conduct some market research, consider various dealers, ask for a pre-purchase inspection report and observe the recommended bargaining tips.