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How to get a Good Deal When Buying a used Car: 8 important Questions you Must ask While making your inquiries

Updated on May 28, 2011

Buying a car could be difficult if tou don't know how

You are new in the game of Autos or probably don’t have enough budget to go for a new one, then this information is for you. I’m not writing this because I’m some sort of auto or car aficionado or do I sale cars-used or new; but because I drive or will I say I own a fairly used car which has served me well for the period.

Bargaining for a good car remains an uphill task, many people find this really hard or even difficult to decipher a good and fairly used car from the opposite.
The enquiries made over the phone can help you avoid a heap of trouble you could be facing later after making the purchase
So with the experience that comes with buying and using a car (fairly used in particular), this is the authority for which I’m speaking, so listen as I roll out below some very important question you the buyer must ask the seller before you rock the wrong boat.

But before I go ahead and drop the list of questions, one other thing that has made me to take out the time to write this out (to the extent of speaking to some experts which I’ve added some of their inputs in the course of writing this)- is that I see family members and friends run into trouble a couple of times after buying a used car (they call it fairly used instead of badly used cars).
This pains me a great deal when I see my peeps suffer for their folly: and why this is so is that most of the time when they want to buy cars, they do not seek professional advise or ask those of us in the game how we fare.

Below are a list of very important questions you must ask the seller-(private party or dealership) of a badly or sorry fairly used car to help keep him in check before he sells a tortoise (slow and clumsy ride) instead of a cheetah (fast and sleek wheels) to you.
(Hey! Do you know that you need auto insurance after making the purchase? In case

But Note: any strange, far fetched or odd sounding answers to these routine questions, should put you on guard at least for some time before hitting the nearest ATM with your Visa card or Master Card to make a withdrawal to buy trouble!

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WHAT COLOR IS THE CAR? The color of a car is very important; because color signifies a whole lot of things; from Social class, sex, orientation, taste etc. for example, buying a red sports car when you are a bit of a macho man contradicts your personality (making it look feminine); but rather as a macho man it’ll be preferred if you went for a color like say ox-blood, navy blue or black; these colors suits your personality and sense of reasoning. So make it a point when you make your enquiry by asking “WHAT COLOR IS THE CAR?”

HOW EQUIPPED IS IT? knowing the state of the body, upholstery, number of doors, the gear system-(automatic or manual transmission system), brake system, accessories like the air-conditioning system, air bags, sound system; then other stuffs like the locks, seats or mirrors; and of course inquiring if it has a sun roof, cruise control and other key features not listed here; can really help you the buyer have a picture of the general outlook of the car.

ARE YOU THE PERSON THAT DROVE IT THE MOST? This is true so note this: the character or appearance of the car’s driver (owner), can tell the condition of a car. If the principal driver strikes you as a responsible person, it might indicate that the car is in pretty good shape, but if doesn’t: then the reverse could be the case here; especially a car that has spent years in the hands of a teenager who probably learnt how to drive cruising with papa or mama’s wheel.

HAVE YOU OWNED IT SINCE IT WAS NEW? Another important question, because it gives you a vivid picture of the car’s service history. When buying a car, it is very necessary that you should be concerned if the car has changed hands quite a bit- three or four times in two years for example can tell you more. Remember how owner A drives and maintains the car would be different owners B and C. but knowing if you are buying a car from its first and original owner can put you in a better shape to enjoy your buy in the couple of years you’ll be using it.

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HOW MANY MILES DOES IT HAVE? I don’t know if I phrased this question well; however if the car’s mileage is higher than say 20,000 KM per year or as low as 5000; then you need to ask the owner to know why this is so. On the other hand, if the car commutes long distances to work as a result of the owner is far better than the car to be used on a delivery route; this is so because stop-and-go use can be very rough and detrimental to the car than the freeway miles (where the owner drives a long distance to work and back to the house). More so; low mileage is a good thing if carefully determined.

HAS IT EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT? Auto accidents can affect the out put of a car. If this car has been involved in an accident, then ask the extent of damage, cost of repairs and the auto-mechanic workshop where it was repaired. Knowing the cost of repairs could tell you the extent of the damage, inquiring on the auto-mechanic workshop where it was or being repaired will help you determine the level of expertise of the auto-repair personnel involved in the repairs. Know this; buying a car that has been involved in an accident could leave you saddled with a car whose crucial components such as the frame may be permanently damaged, making the car a total wreak and misfit for the road and ultimately you the user.. So ask, be sure and beware.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SERVICE RECORDS? Every person desires a car that has been well managed and maintained; if the seller is a good car maintenance person; then it means that in the course of routine servicing or any other maintenance/repair activity; the car must have gone back to the dealership where it was bought (where highly professional and efficient auto-repair personnel will handle the servicing or maintenance routine) at specified service intervals. Make sure you demand the receipts of any muffler, tyres or other “wear and tear” parts that has been replaced. Usually, a repair shops receipt notes the car’s odometer reading, hereby verifying the car’s history.

FINALLY: WHY ARE YOU SELLING THE CAR? This question takes the seller aback. In most cases a plausible explanation like I want to buy a new one, sounds better than an interesting story. However, if the answer sounds evasive, then be wary. Look for evidence of the car’s handling: because people mostly sell off cars that have served them badly. This is why it is important that you know the brain behind the sale. This will help you avoid being a victim of buying a car that will not only serve you badly, but can also send you to an early grave! TO BE FORE-WARNED, IS TO BE FORE-ARMED!!!


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    • chinemeremz profile imageAUTHOR

      Chinemere onuekwusi 

      8 years ago

      Thank Lady fountain for your comments glad you found this useful.

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      8 years ago

      Great info.


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