Top Tips When Buying Used Cars

Posted on: 17 October 2019

Most people have a difficult time purchasing a used car. The article below provides some useful tips for people who want to buy a used car.

Choose a Vehicle That Suits Your Needs

Choose a vehicle that fits your daily routine. For example, a family man would want a car that can accommodate every member of his family. As such, he would go for an estate, saloon or SUV with comfortable seats, adequate legroom, a spacious boot, and luxury features such as a sunroof or heated seats. On the other hand, an off-road enthusiast may be looking for power rather than comfort. He or she will check the vehicle's ground clearance, engine capacity, availability of anti-roll bars and a lift kit if the car will access hilly terrain. Fuel economy is a vital consideration if the vehicle is a daily drive.


Reputable manufacturers build vehicles that last a lifetime. Therefore, conduct some research on the durability of various models. The primary advantage of buying a used car is that you can anticipate some of its problems. Conduct some internet research on car blogs, social media and car forums to know some of the issues that the vehicle might develop. For instance, if the car is likely to develop turbo or fuel pump failure at a specific mileage, change the parts on time.

Check the availability of spare parts and mechanics specialising in the vehicle model in your locality. The vehicle should be cheap to maintain. 

Inspecting Used Cars

Below is a guide to help you inspect used cars.

  • Ask for the service records. They will help you determine if the seller took good care of the car. Besides, they will help you know when to change major parts.
  • The vehicle's interior should be clean. A cracked dashboard or a torn seats should not be a cause for worry since they can be repaired.
  • Check the electronic system. The AC, heating system, lights and windows should be fully functional.
  • Start the engine cold. Dark blue or black smoke is an indication of chronic engine problems.
  • Uneven body lines, dents and the presence of filler are an indication of accident damage.

Ask for a test drive to examine the vehicle's handling, acceleration and power. 


Do not purchase the vehicle on impulse. Inspect a few cars on sale before making your decision. Pit one seller against the other to have the upper hand during negotiations. Factor in extra costs, such as insurance and servicing.

When buying used cars, choose a vehicle that suits your needs, purchase a reputable model, inspect the vehicle and ask for discounts during purchase.


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