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10 Important Precautions To Take When Buying A Used Car

Important precautions to take when buying a used car

When you decide to buy a car, you are mentally prepared to part with a large sum of your hard-earned money and hence this should be a well-informed decision. The two important benefits that materialize from this well-researched decision is that you get value for your money and this research will help you understand the longevity of the vehicle. Choosing the right car for you and your family is a time consuming process and though there are experts to help you arrive at that decision, it is better to be well informed before even start looking out for the kind of car you want. Here are a few points to keep in mind when you buy a used car.

Mileage

Once you’ve settled on the model and make of the car you want to buy, the first thing you would want to do is check the mileage on the car. Has the car been used only in the city or has it been used outside the city. This affects the wear and tear on the car and its engine. Cars with higher mileage are prone to faster depreciation and the usage impacts the performance of the engine. Another factor you may want to inspect more closely is odometer tampering. If you feel the wear and tear of the vehicle shows more usage than the mileage indicates, then the odometer could have been tampered with to show that the car hasn’t been used much. This is one of the most common frauds a buyer faces.

Inspect the car

Don’t be fooled by a shiny car, it is best to get it thoroughly inspected for yourself before you decide on buying it. If your dealership doesn’t offer the services of a check-up by a mechanic, it is advisable to hire one to check out the car you intend to buy. That way you will be aware of any major repairs or damages to the car before you buy it. A few pointers to keep in mind while inspecting the car are

  • Make sure there is no fading or mismatched bodywork.
  • Take it for a test drive, the engine should work smoothly and should accelerate from a standstill without much resistance.
  • The chassis of the car will indicate whether the car has met with an accident or not.

Market Value

Used Ford cars in Dubai are easy to come by and there are a lot of online tools that will give you a valuation of a vehicle once you put in the model of the car, the make, the year and the mileage. Check out at least 3-4 of these valuation sites, as there may be a difference in rates and that way you have an idea of the approximate value for the kind of car you want to buy. This way you have a ball park figure in mind when you meet the dealer or the buyer and you can negotiate with that reference figure. If you are going with a dealership, check out different dealerships before you settle on any one. That way you don’t end up paying a higher price for your car.

Service History

It is also very important to take a look at the service history of the car, that way you will be aware of how often the car has been serviced. This will also give you an indication of any major repairs or damages and how well the vehicle has been maintained.

Pricing

If its a “too good to be true offer” chances are it is. Don’t be fooled by cheap pricing and let it be the only deciding factor when you buy the car. It also is important that the car be well maintained and all the other quality factors check out otherwise you will land up spending more on maintaining the car than you did buying it.

On the other hand do shy away from negotiating, you’ll never know unless you ask. Sometimes there are deals running on used Nissan cars in the UAEDealerships usually have some deals or incentives running.

Documentation

One of the most important factors to thoroughly check is the car’s documentation. You want to make sure that you haven’t been fooled into buying a stolen vehicle. Hence it’s very important to ensure that all the proper paperwork is in place before you finalize the deal.

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