4 tips to ensure you don’t buy a box of troubles

Buying a used car? 4 important tips to remember

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Once you have made the decision to buy a car, it is tempting to want to get it NOW! The fact, however, is that buying a car is a big purchase and it is advisable to contain your excitement until you have done all your research.


Buying a used car? It is a good idea to do some research and tick some boxes in order to eliminate the chances of buying yourself a box of troubles. The number one mistake made when purchasing a vehicle is not doing your homework!


1. Do the homework

Start off by knowing the market value of the car you like before you consider buying. Knowing the market value, for both new and second-hand options, will allow you to tell whether the seller is overcharging or not.

It is also a great idea to look at reviews of the car you prefer to see what drivers are saying about it. It is also a good idea to get an idea of the upkeep and maintenance costs too. It is best to go into the sale equipped with all the knowledge available to you.


2. What questions should you ask the seller?

It is really important that you ask direct questions about the car. Some private sellers may think that they can sucker you into buying a problem car.


The questions you should ask include:

  • How old is the car?
  • How many previous owners?
  • How many kilometres on the clock?
  • Does it have a full-service history?
  • Has the car been in any accidents? 
  • Does the car have an existing warranty or maintenance plan? 

You will need to ensure that you receive honest answers to these questions, so it is a good idea to take someone experienced with you.


3. Perform an inspection and test drive

Dealerships, that are part of the Motus group allow customers to perform inspections, but with a private seller this might be difficult to arrange. If you are able to arrange an inspection of the car with the seller, then you will need to inspect it both internally and externally for any damages or irregularities. 


During your test drive, you will need to listen out for any strange noises coming from the engine. You will also need to feel the suspension and note how the steering and brakes feel on both town roads and on the highway.

Taking a car for a test drive at a dealer, like a Motus dealer, is really easy to arrange. Just remember to take your valid driver’s licence with you.


4. Inspect the paperwork

Even if the car looks great, drives well and the price is right, the next vital step in the buying process is to inspect the paperwork. Ask to see the ownership documents and any service documents, and the cars log book.

The benefit of buying your car through a reputable dealer is that they make sure all of that is done for you.