Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle can be a great investment, particularly for new drivers. Here are three things you should do before buying a used vehicle.
1. Get the Vehicle Inspected
Always be sure to inspect a vehicle you’re considering buying yourself and get a professional inspection done. This helps ensure your vehicle will be safe to drive and operate. You should make sure everything from used pickup truck beds and cabs to their safety features is thoroughly inspected, for example. Look for any obvious signs of damage, such as tire and steering misalignment and notes on the paperwork stating the car was in a flood or was rebuilt.
2. Consider Handling and Ride
Like any used vehicle you’re considering purchasing, you should request a test drive. See how you feel behind the wheel and think about what you like or dislike about how the vehicle handles during the test drive. Consider how well the vehicle breaks and turns, as well as how comfortable you feel with its size. If you want to buy a pickup truck, drive it with and without a load in the bed so you can see how it handles in both conditions.
3. Research Safety Recalls
Make sure you get the VIN of the car you’re thinking about buying. You can search that number online to check for safety recalls for that make or model. Sometimes, the car will show up in a search as not having its recalled part repaired or replaced. If this is the case for your vehicle, let the seller know so he or she can take care of the recall before you make the purchase. If the seller refuses to do so, it may be better for you to look for other sellers or offers.
Always do your due diligence when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. Research the kinds of cars available and the seller to make sure you’re buying a reputable used vehicle before making any decisions.