Questions to ask when buying a used car

So you are in the market for a used car. So as to make sure that you do not spend your hard earned money on a car that will break down two miles from where you bought it, you need to arm yourself with the right questions.

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Here is a list of essential questions that will assist you to get an honest valuation of the car that you are about to buy.

  • Why is the owner selling the car?

The owner of the car will certainly have a reason for selling the car. It could be for personal reasons or because the car could be having a very serious problem. When you ask this question you will have a better idea of the value of the car that you are about to buy.

  • How many previous owners has the car had?

People treat their belongings differently, to some a car is precious and valuable but to others it could just be one of their belongings. In addition, every driver has a different way of driving which leaves different effects to the car. Therefore, it is safe to say that a car with few owners will be more valuable than the one with so many owners.

  • How many miles are on the car?

Mileage is the distance covered by a car which is seen on the vehicles odometer. On average, a cars annual mileage should be approximately 10000 miles. Mileage is the prime indicator of the cars value and its condition.  A vehicle that has a higher mileage simply means that it is worn out and will need a lot of maintenance.

  • Has the car been maintained?

Car maintenance includes servicing and regular checkups. A car just like any other machinery, comes with a manual from its manufacturer to guide the owner on when to service the car or after how long. A car that has been serviced according to the manufacturers guidelines and there is evidence of receipts to back it up will be valuable.

  • Can I take it to a professional mechanic for inspection?

When buying a used car, this is a very smart move. This will ensure that everything in the car is functioning okay and to make sure that the seller is not hiding some serious problems from you.

This list of questions will ensure that you get the best deal there is for the amount of money you are willing to spend and also a vehicle that will not frustrate you in the end. It also saves you a lot of time and money.