If you are buying a new or used car, you want to ensure that your money is wisely spent. To ensure this does happen, there are some questions you want to ask when before you agree to make a purchase. Speaking of those questions, what should you be asking?
Question: How many miles is on the cars for sale used?
Hopefully you shouldn’t have to ask this question because the mileage of the vehicle should be disclosed upfront. But, you might want to ask if it has changed. Some sellers drive their car around while trying to sell it. If someone drives 100 miles a day to and from work, that can significantly increase the mileage over one or two weeks. Price depends on a number of factors and mileage is one of those important factors.
Question: Has the car recently been serviced or has it undergone any recent repairs?
This answer can lead you to a great car. We tend to think of cars that get serviced as bad (they need repairs after all). With that said, it does mean that the vehicle is serviced, up-to-date, and recently repaired. This is good because it also shows signs of an owner who cared for the vehicle, which you benefit from. Also, keep in mind that the more recent the repairs are the less you will have to spend on them upfront.
Question: Why are you selling the car?
The answer to this question might not impact your decision, but it is a good idea to have the answer. Lets look at it this way, would you rather buy a car from someone who decided to upgrade to get more room for their kids or someone who says they wanted something better? Many sellers tend to answer this question quickly and on impulse so you should get an honest answer.
Question: Can I come look at the car and take it for a test drive?
If you are asking all of these questions over the phone or via email, you will want to ask this important question. It is always recommended that you take a vehicle for a test drive before deciding to buy. Just because a car looks good, it doesn’t necessarily mean it runs good or will be comfortable for you to drive. Run in the other direction if a seller keeps making excuses. The car might not run or they might not even have a car to sell (common with online scammers).
Now that you know what you should ask when it comes to buying a used car, are you ready to get started? Online, you will find a number of car buying websites to choose from. Which ones should you search? Instead of having to pick one or the other, how about you try a desktop car finder? Most of these programs come with a free trial and they search hundreds of websites for you at once! Most of these car finders let you respond to sellers via email and ask these questions quickly and with ease.
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