AKA how to act like a pro even if you have no idea what you’re doing.
Buying a new car is not only expensive, but a new car loses value the moment you take it out of the lot – and it only gets worse from there.
Buying second-hand is often the most economical solution, but it comes with its own risks – like, what if the car breaks down in two weeks or the engine has been repaired?
Here are some questions that can help you avoid a lemon and get a good deal:
Why are you selling this car?
What was the car mainly used for?
What is the mileage of the car?
How many previous owners were there?
Has the car ever had an accident?
Can you provide me with the vehicle history report or give me the VIN number so I can look up the car?
How was the car stored?
What parts have been replaced since you bought the car? In what year were they replaced?
What work needs to be done on the car in the near future? And can I take it to my mechanic to have it checked before buying?
Is the title of the car available?
How has the car been maintained?
Can I take the car for a spin and test everything to see what works?
What did you like – and what did you hate – about this car?
How does the listing price compare to the Kelley Blue Book value or the value based on Carfax history?
And finally, is the price negotiable?