How To Have Peace of Mind When Buying a Second-Hand Car

There can be many reasons for buying a second-hand car. The depreciation of a brand new car is quite rapid in the first and second year, so buying brand new doesn’t make sense for everyone. Plus, buying second-hand can save you quite a bit of cash depending on how many miles the car has done. There can be a quite a lot of choice in the second hand car market too; so it is obvious why it is a popular thing to do. But for some, if they’re brand new to buying second hand, then they may be a bit concerned about doing so. How do you know the car is good quality and working as it should be, for example. So here are some tips to help you buy a second car, and to help put your worries to one side.

Do Your Car Research

It is a good idea to look for car with a specific car or manufacturer in mind. The reason being, there are many things that affect the price of a car. From the engine size, to the transmission, age of the car, and fuel type, it can all make a difference in how much you have to pay. Not to mention the cost of insurance too. So if your whole aim is to be saving money, then you need to take some time to find out what the best car is for you, before you start your car hunting.

Know The Right Time To Buy

If you’re going to be buying from a private seller, then really, there isn’t a right or wrong time to buy. However, you need to think about seasons and what cars might be better to get a deal on. If you’re looking for a convertible, for example, then you’re likely to be able to haggle with a private seller in winter rather than summer. As for buying from a dealership, then you need to remember that they will have certain targets to reach and certain times of the year. End of the month is a good time to buy as they want to get the sale done, as well as end of the quarter, when they want to have certain cars cleared off by then (so March, June, September, and December).

Check Warranties and Haggle

In order to get the best price that you can, as well as make sure you’re driving a decent car, then you need to check what the car comes with. Does it have a full service history or come with any kind of warranty? How many miles has it gone, and you might be thinking should I book a service? If this is all going to cost you extra, then you need to haggle. If the car’s road tax or motor vehicle testing is due soon, then that is another bargaining tool to work with.

Full Assessment of Vehicle

In order to check the vehicle, then a test drive is a must. But a thorough walkthrough is a good idea too. Lift up the hood and check the oil level; turn on the lights, move the indicators, check the seats, and seatbelts. Tires a must to look at too. Don’t think you’re wasting everyone’s time. Make sure you take your time to check every aspect before offering a price, and making a sales decision.

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.