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4 Quick Tips to Choosing a Good Used Car

Author: Sara Gibson
by Sara Gibson
Posted: Jul 22, 2015
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Buying a new car is a fantastic experience, but it is outside the realms of possibilities for many of us in these tough economic times. However, there is no need to despair, it is possible to buy a quality used car that can be almost as good as a brand new model. Although there are some pitfalls to avoid when considering used car sales Perth drivers that follow a few simple tips can avoid many potential problems.

1. Know What You Need

It will be next to impossible to start your search without knowing exactly what kind of vehicle you need. This may seem obvious to many people, but some people fail to evaluate their circumstances correctly and end up with the wrong car for their circumstances. As an example if you have small children you may want rear doors for easier access to child seats. Perhaps you enjoy off roading at the weekend and need an AWD model? Look carefully at all areas of your life that require a car and make a list of which features you need.

2. Know Your Budget

When looking at used car sales, Perth drivers need to have a good idea of what their total budget is. Don’t forget to factor in insurance costs and allow for other ancillary costs such as any stamp duty, parts or any maintenance that may be required. You may be able to offset the cost of the vehicle you with a part exchange for your existing vehicle. However, this is not ideal and you may not get very much money depending on the make, year, and model. In many cases, it is a great idea to sell your existing vehicle privately first if you have a spare vehicle to use in the short term.

3. Private Sales or a Car Dealership?

The main reason most people decide to buy a used car is because it is cheaper. So it may seem counter intuitive, but for used car sales, Perth drivers would be better served using a quality car dealership. There are many reasons for this, firstly there will be some legal protection in the event of a fault. The vehicle will have been serviced prior to going on sale and the dealer is required by law to inform you if there are any major faults. Lastly there may be other benefits such as limited warranties and competitive financing options.

4. Carry Out an Inspection and Get a Test Driveb>

Many people miss this step out completely as they don’t really know what to look out for. If you’re lucky and know someone in the motor trade get them to go along with you. Some garages can even arrange for one of their mechanics to accompany you, but of course this is a paid service. In any event when looking at used cars, Perth drivers can look out for a few things without any formal training. Firstly check for any leaks underneath the car, if there are any, walk away as they can be expensive to fix. Secondly check the mileage is accurate in relation to the documentation for the vehicle. Lastly, it’s imperative that you get a test drive, pay particular attention to any unusual noises when cornering, braking and accelerating. If you hear or feel anything weird move on to a different vehicle.

If they are looking at used car sales, Perth drivers should contact us. We have a wide variety of vehicles to suit every pocket and welcome you to arrange a test drive. Get in touch with us today and we will be happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have.

About the Author

Hello Everyone. I am a car enthusiast and have been writing about the cars as a hobby for the past 5 years. I'm a automobile graduate and fascinated towards Automotives.

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