Buying a vehicle is one of the most stressful and overwhelming situations a customer goes through to ensure they get the right vehicle that gives them value for their money, especially for a pre-owned vehicle because you do not want to take a good for nothing vehicle home then have more regrets than celebrations, so as a customer you need to make sure you tick all the boxes onto your checklist. However, it is always good idea to do a research on the car you looking for to be able to ask the right questions when you get to the dealership. Do not be intimidated, ask everything to know everything about the vehicle. With a bit of preparation and homework it can make your trip to the car dealership feel like a day at the grocery store. These are the questions you should ask before starting an application or saying yes to a used vehicle. 1. What is the mileage on the car? The lower the mileage the better the car, this means the car didn’t travel too much and had fewer owners. This also gives you security that even after purchasing the vehicle you won’t be alone to deal with any problems the car may encounter along the way. It is more of insurance that the dealership would still help you with service and any repairs the vehicle may need.
2. Where was the vehicle purchased from? Ask about the previous owner of the vehicle; is it a trade in from someone else? Was it bought from an auction? Or it is a demo? If you are looking for a used vehicle that’s almost new, a demo may be an option for you. If it was a trade-in to the dealership, ask if the vehicle has service history or maintenance records.
3. Does the dealership take trade-ins? This would make things a whole lot easier for you if you have a car that you would like to trade in for the one you planning to buy. Most dealerships always handle everything for their customers; tell you how much you can get from the vehicle and how that can assist towards the instalment of the vehicle you want to buy from them. Getting all the necessary information about the trade in process is essential. 4. Service history and balance of factory warranty? This gives you an in in-depth understanding or knowledge about the vehicle’s previous maintenance or services the car underwent. You also have the security on repairs or faults the car may have; if the car is still in a good condition or accident free for example. This helps you determine what value you’re getting for your vehicle purchase and this also gives you insurance that you won’t be dealing with service repairs anytime soon after purchasing the car. 5. Financing? If you would like to take your car on finance, ask if they do have in-house financing and get as much details as you can to make sure you have all the facts and full information you need to make a sound decision. Ask if they offer insurance, extended warranty, or any other extras you might like to be added on the car you want to buy. Be sure to ask about all benefits you could gain from taking their in-house finance rather than going to other financial institutions or bank for a traditional car loan. Note: Do a car inspection by evaluating the vehicle yourself and do double checks. Checking the following is essential: windows, mirrors, paint, engine, tyres, brakes, fan belt, battery, lights and the vehicle interior; then ask to test drive the vehicle afterwards. After the inspection and you’ve received satisfying answers to your questions, it will now be up to you if you would like to make a deal with the dealership or not. We hope this article would make things easier for you if you’re in the car market. If you would like to get in contact with us about pre-owned vehicles, workshop and parts services, you can find us on many communication platforms below: Tel: 012 001 2610 / 012 366 8700 E: email@example.com Twitter: @MazdaHatfield Facebook: @cmhmazdahatfield Google+: CMH Mazda Hatfield *Stock images by: Pixabay