BUY A USED CAR

HOW TO BUY A USED CAR PROPERLY?

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Nothing very complicated to buy a used car, however certain things are to be known to avoid classic errors and disappointments. Here are SPOTICAR’s 10 tips for buying a used vehicle.

1 – KNOW YOUR NEEDS

Take the time to decide which model you are looking for. A used diesel Renault Scénic, a used petrol Opel Corsa and a used DS 5 Hybrid 4 have little in common. Do you need 5 seater or 7 seater? Is it the family vehicle or the 2nd car in the household? Can you reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid vehicle?

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2 – SET A BUDGET

Before starting your search, it is better to define the total or monthly amount that you are ready to spend on your used car. This will save you from wasting time on cars that are too expensive or, on the contrary, below your expectations. Also think about the method of financing: cash, traditional loan? If you like to change cars often, consider leasing with option to buy, a formula that is developing very quickly and attracting more and more consumers!

3 – GET AN IDEA OF ​​THE CAR RATING

To buy well, you need to know the market prices. Take the time to compare prices online for the used models you are looking for. And if you have a car to resell, also consult its price and its estimate.

4 – CHECK THE KEY POINTS OF THE USED CAR

The overall condition of the vehicle should be thoroughly inspected, and not just a quick glance. Nothing should escape you. Check that each piece of equipment is working, that there are no anomalies impeding driving and that nothing is missing. For the interior as for the exterior, be attentive! Make sure the vehicle has never been seriously damaged.

5 – TRY THE VEHICLE

Regardless of the type of seller or dealer you want to buy your used car from, you are entitled to try your favorite before buying it. Take the opportunity to test the driving experience and check that the car suits you.

the vehicle operates without abnormal noise from the engine or running gear;

the clutch shows no signs of wear;

the gears shift correctly;

exhaust emissions are normal;

there are no apparent oil or water leaks.

6 – ASK QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS AND MORE QUESTIONS

What is the mileage of the car? (to be compared with the counter and the maintenance booklet);

What was the use of the car?

Has it ever been damaged or repaired?

When were the last interviews?

Why do you want to sell this car?

Is the price negotiable ?

7 – COMPLETE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES IN DUE FORM

Any purchase of a vehicle requires administrative procedures and documents: car registration, transfer certificate, certificate of location (non-pledge), maintenance log, technical inspection… Make sure you don’t forget anything and get on with it. on time.

8 – BE AWARE THAT IT IS NOT A NEW CAR

Who says used, says car already used. Mechanical problems can thus appear quickly, generating repair costs. Admittedly, this explains the more advantageous price, but it must be kept in mind! Especially since it is difficult to have all the guarantees on the real condition of the used vehicle, unless you call on a professional.

9 – TAKE YOUR TIME CHOOSING YOUR USED CAR

No precipitation. Such a binding purchase (over time and financially) must benefit from sufficient time for research, analysis and reflection. You have found the used Fiat 500 or the Volkswagen Golf of your dreams at an unbeatable price and it seems in perfect condition? Take a few days to compare it, analyze it and mature your decision.

10 – BUYING A USED CAR FROM SPOTICAR

SPOTICAR is a network of 1,500 professionals who offer you a guarantee of up to 24 months, 24/7 assistance and a “satisfied or replaced” commitment. Buying a used car from agents and dealers in the network means choosing a safe purchase and a relationship of trust.

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