Take These Safety Measures When Buying A Used Car
There’s a reason the term “used car salesman” has become synonymous with conman. It is incredibly unfair to the many brilliant salespeople who routinely provide customers with great deals and excellent service. But it comes from a real place nonetheless. When buying a used car, you are largely relying on the account of the person selling it to you. Some people purposely mislead buyers on the state of the car or try to get far more than it is worth.
So, how do you protect yourself when buying a used car? You can run a background check before you buy, among other useful safety measures.
Buy a used car from a trusted source
Ideally, the person or outlet you're buying from has positive testimonials from many previous customers. These customers bought the car a while back, and after extensive use have ascertained that they really did get a good deal.
People who have had a good experience when buying a used car are generally effusive in their praise. They will speak highly of the individual or company’s honesty, in addition to their happiness with the car itself. However, Torque News editor Armen Hareyan, did indeed have a good experience in buying his used Toyota Prius from Carmax.
Be careful to note the negative reviews, even if there are only a couple of them. They can bring into question the validity of the positive reviews, and you should definitely research further, ideally by contacting the writers of the reviews if possible.
Run a background check
Of course, the best deals often don’t come from seasoned salespeople or used car lots. On the contrary, you might find an individual seller with a deal that is hard to refuse. This person may be selling their car because they are moving out of town. Maybe they cannot afford it any longer. You can end up with a gem at a low price, simply because the person wants to sell quickly.
However, they might also be selling because the car has caused them problems in the past. Furthermore, it is all-too-possible that the car came into their possession illegally. Buying a stolen car is the worst case scenario, and you must do all in your power to avoid it.
Running a background check on the person is a good way to get an idea of who they are. If they have a criminal record, that will come up. This does not mean they have done anything illegal to acquire the car, but it should give you pause. Don’t hesitate to ask about this. It may be uncomfortable, but it is better than going in blind.
You will also get an idea of who they are from their online presence, including other listings they may have posted in the past. If they have a history of selling used cars or other assets, you can try finding out from the buyers whether there were any problems.
Ultimately, buying a second-hand car can be ideal. You get a far better deal than you would on a brand new vehicle. As long as you take care in who you buy from and do your due diligence, you can be confident you are making the right choice.