Are you preparing to invest in a used car? Whether through a particular salesman or professional, there are always pitfalls to avoid. Here are our ten tips!
1. Private or professional seller, what to choose?
Buying from a professional ensures you a minimum mechanical warranty of three months. In the event of breakage of the engine, gear lever or in case of discovery of hidden defects (see advice number 10), the seller is responsible.
Conversely, if you buy your vehicle from an individual, you have very few guarantees. If the seller does not want to acknowledge his fault or involve an expert, you can file a complaint. But this can cost you a lot of money and time.
Choosing a car from a professional seems to be the most advantageous solution. But let us not forget that this “mechanical guarantee” has a cost. Do not hesitate to compare prices, you might have some good surprises. from a professional seems to be the most advantageous solution. But let us not forget that this “mechanical guarantee” has a cost. Do not hesitate to compare prices, you might have some good surprises.
2. Check the value of the chosen car
You have found the ideal car, but does the price apply corresponds to the value of the vehicle? Before you rush, check the argus, in other words the rating of the car. This is estimated based on market conditions, model, mileage, date of release, fuel, power, and options that the car is equipped with. To calculate it for free, check out westfrance-auto.com .
3. What questions to ask the seller when buying a used car?
During your first exchange, whether on the phone or face to face, there are some unavoidable questions to ask to avoid getting caught.
– What is the consumption of the car?
– What is his mileage?
– What was the use of this vehicle?
– Is she a first hand?
– Are there any scratches or blows on the body?
– Are there any missing parts of the car?
– Has the vehicle ever been damaged?
“When did the last repairs last?”
– Why do you want to sell your car?
– Can we discuss the price of the vehicle?
– When can we try the car?
4. Examine the car in every detail
During your appointment with the seller, do not hesitate to pass the vehicle with a comb! If you are accompanied by a connoisseur, it’s even better! The more you auscultate it, the less you will have bad surprises afterwards. Above all, agree on a daytime schedule. During the day, the defects will be more visible.
Let’s start with the outer part. Put yourself a few meters from the vehicle to see it as a whole. Then take a closer look at the body, the tires, the headlights, the mirrors, the roof and the underside of the car.
Open the hood and check the oil level and ask the seller to turn on the engine, accelerate, honk, turn on the headlights, turn indicators … In short, do not neglect any details! Do not forget to ask somewhat more technical questions to the seller. For example: when was the battery? When was the belt changed? (it must be changed between 80 000 and 160 000 km depending on the model, you will find this information on the internet or in the maintenance booklet), if the vehicle is driven with diesel, when have the filters been replaced?
Finally, inside the car, try the mirrors, the wipers, the windows, the adjustment of the seats, the lights, the car radio, the indicators, the air conditioning, check the spare wheel. a maintenance of the “clim” must be done every 2 years with change of the pollen filter and with additional gas.
5. Documents to be provided by the vendor
Among the documents required when selling a used car, one of the most important is undoubtedly the certificate of non-pledge. It is a document ensuring that the vehicle belongs 100% to the seller and has not been stolen. Other essential documents: a technical check dated less than 6 months, the registration card, the maintenance booklet and the invoices for the various repairs done on the car. The seller must also be in possession of a session certificate.
Once these documents are in your hands, which you must have before signing, check all the same the accuracy of the documents and if they correspond well with the model of the vehicle and its registration. You will then need to apply for a vehicle registration certificate.
6. Test the car on different types of roads
Before purchasing, test the qualities of your future car on the road. To evaluate them well, do not hesitate to circulate in town, on a four-lane, in the country, … The goal is to go up and down the speeds, to test the acceleration and the braking of the car. Do not forget to check if it reacts well when it recedes.
If the seller does not seem very enthusiastic about the fact that you are trying his vehicle, go your way! Better to miss a car, rather than investing in a problem nest.