When it comes to buying a used car, you want to make sure you get the right car, for the right price. Used cars, by definition, are not new, they have a history, and it’s a series of the historical information that make up what the car is now.
So, you want to buy a used car? Here’s some things to consider.
1. The car’s age. One of the first things you need to consider is the car’s age. The term ‘used’ simply means ‘not new’ so you can find cars ranging from six months to sixty years or more, falling into this category. Your first consideration is to really decide how old is too old for you. Cars of a certain age don’t come with certain luxuries or safety features that we have come to expect in new cars – can you live without them?
As with anything, as cars age, the wear and tear becomes more and more. Even if the owner has taken great care of the car, continual use, over many years means that the car’s condition will diminish every year. This is an extremely important consideration as no matter how much an owner has looked after the car, the inevitable deterioration is unavoidable.
Make sure you optimise the chance of purchasing a well looked after used car.
2. Owners. Some people treat their car with the upmost respect, keeping it clean, driving it nicely and servicing it on time. Others, see their car as a dumping ground that gets them from A to B or they race around with little regard for their poor car’s engine or exterior! The number of owners a car has had is important to consider when buying a used car. The more owners a car has had, the more likely it has had at least one of the latter driver type. So, try to choose a used car that has had few owners, there’s more chance that it has been well looked after.
3. Test Drive. It’s easy to just look at a car and think it’s the right one for you, but a simple test drive could be all you need to do to realise it isn’t (or confirm that it is!). Test driving a used car can show you how the car runs, so you can see any problems for yourself. And, as with a new car, test driving is essential to check if you actually like the car you’ll be driving around in for the foreseeable future.
Make sure you have a professional check over your used car
4. Car Inspection. As much as some of us think we’re backyard mechanics, you can’t go past actually getting a used car checked out by a mechanic to determine whether it is mechanically sound. There’s nothing worse than driving away with your new purchase, only to find that it has an issue that is going to cost you dearly.
5. Warranty. Even if you do everything right, have the car checked, there has been one owner and you got the car for the right price, used cars do not generally come with a warranty, meaning you’re on your own if something goes wrong.
In Cairns, Pacific Toyota Cairns have a great range of used cars for you to choose from. Buying from a reputable dealer, like Pacific Toyota Cairns means that you actually do have the peace of mind that the car has been checked mechanically, and sometimes comes with warranty too! Check out their range of used cars, or head on down to their new premises on Mulgrave Road.