If you are looking to buy a used car, you are here at the right place. While there is nothing better than landing a great car dealership, a used car is not bad either; only, if you have thoroughly inspected it before claiming ownership.
Here are a few tips that will help you land a good deal when buying a used car:
Ask the right questions.
There are certain questions to ask the car or dump truck owner when you give them a call over the phone. Also, by asking the right questions, you will be able to figure out the value of your car and know the price you want to negotiate down to. Besides, by asking the right questions, you will have a clear understanding of whether you are getting a cool car deal or not.
The first thing you want to do while calling the owner about the car is to not mention the car model but simply state that you are calling about the vehicle for sale. If the person sells used cars as a dealer, they will respond by asking which car you are asking about.
If it’s a private owner, they will know which car you ask about. The knowledge of whether you are dealing with a private owner or a car dealer is important because it will help you understand why they are selling the car and whether they are professional sellers or not.
First, ask the owner about the car’s condition (miles driven, repair, etc.), and then proceed to ask them about the reason for selling it. Ask them about the presence of check engine lights and potential things, such as cracks, that stand out.
And the most important part: even if you know the price, ask them about it – they might offer you a lower price in the end. Lastly, if the owner doesn’t allow you to test drive the car, it is not a great deal; hence, don’t waste your time!
Make a Checklist
A checklist will help you tremendously in making the right buying decision. Jot down questions that you want to know from the owner. Next on the checklist, mark the things you want to bring, such as an OBD2 scanner, which is needed to read the car’s computer.
You will also want to bring a magnet for testing to see if a body-filler is used over the car’s bodywork. It is also a good idea to bring a flashlight to help you see certain spots in the engine compartment by lighting up that area.
Depending on what car you are looking at, you might also need a paper towel to check the transmission fluid, the oil, the brake fluid, and the power steering fluid. Don’t forget a pen to check off different things from your car’s checklist.
Don’t forget to record the VIN and establish the car’s value. By googling the VIN, you will be surprised to know about the info you might find, such as the actual year of the car. List down any potential problems that the car might have.