There are many challenges you will face when buying either a new or used car. It depends on the model that you want, how much is the budget, the size of your family and the options that go with it.
If you have an idea on the right car, then a little research on the value of the car in the market to date will be able to help the you when approaching a dealer.
This can be done by checking the internet or looking through the local newspaper before going to the various dealers in the area to make comparisons.
If the ideal car is not available on the lot, the if you tell the dealer about it these people can help by looking for that particular model or offer a similar car similar to your choice.
Since dealers often want to get rid of the cars quickly, it is also possible to get a good deal on what is available as long as it meets your requirements.
Most cars have a maintenance record. The buyer must ask the dealer to see it and if it is not available, then you should contact the dealership or repair shop where most of the work was done.
The buyer has the right to see a copy of the dealer’s warranty. To be safe, you can also ask if a service contract is provided in buying the used car. This contract that is offered by the dealer may or may not provide coverage that is in the manufacturer’s warranty which may cost extra.
Since the warranty usually comes when buying a car and the service contract does not, it is best to ask if you need to avail of by answering some questions;
• What are the differences between the coverage of the warranty and the service contract?
• What repairs are covered?
• Is routine maintenance covered?
• Who will pay for labor and parts if brought to the shop?
• Who is authorized to perform the repairs and where?
• How long does the service contract last?
• What are the cancellation and refund policies?
Just looking at the car will not give information if the car is in good condition. It should be test driven under various road conditions such as the highway or in traffic.
Since most people are not that knowledgeable about cars, it is advisable to bring the car to a reliable mechanic for proper inspection.