Valuable Tips to Purchase a Reliable Used Car
September 11, 2020
In Perth, Western Australia, there are a lot of choices when it comes to car buying and the car market. You have to make the choice of whether to buy new or used. Choosing a quality used car is a practical option and if you know where to look, you can find a used car that is in “like new” condition.
So, what’s the secret to finding/buying a used car?
Let me begin by saying when you buy a used car – Don’t rush it and keep your options open!
8 Tips for Purchasing Top Quality Used Car From A Dealer
#1 Research – Tips for Buying a Used Car
Buying used doesn’t need to be a headache, you just need to know where to look. When buying, used car research is essential as it gives you an idea of what kind of car, you can purchase within your allocated budget. By starting on this step it will allow you to get an accurate understanding which dealers are currently stocking your chosen car within your price range. It can also provide you with different options/solutions that are available when purchasing a high-quality used car. So, research thoroughly and widely to avoid making impulse decisions and to ensure the quality of the vehicle.
#2 Set a strict budget
Here are three tips that you need to remember when setting a budget for a car:
- Set a budget based on what you can afford.
- The price of the vehicle is not the only factor that you should consider – the running cost as well. The running costs include fuel, insurance, maintenance, plus interest on finance.
- Ask advice from a professional.
- Trade-in – is always an option – you can get your old car valuated and trade it on your new car purchase.
Setting up a strict budget is essential, so you don’t have to worry about the monthly payment and running costs. If you decided to get finance on your new dream used car at Westside Auto, a car finance specialist will be able to help. With one of our expert team members help, you will be able to understand the exact costs so that you don’t over reach.
#3 Inspect the vehicle
Looking at pictures online is not enough to judge the quality of the used car. You may not be an expert when it comes to used cars but that doesn’t mean that you can’t spot a potential issue. All the cars at Westside Auto are independently inspected by a 3rd party, so you are ensured quality and piece of mind. Again this comes down to research and knowing what a car dealer does for to protect you from a bad purchase.
#4 Make sure an expert technician mechanically checks over the vehicle
An expert mechanic can identify potential issues that can lead to expensive repairs and this can save you from owning a lemon. A mechanic can also assess how worn the car is, provide an estimate about its value and a fair-minded view about the vehicle’s condition. All the cars at Westside Auto Wholesale go through and complete a vigorous mechanical safety check before they get put up for sale.
#5 Check dealer reputation and history
You got it right! Buying a used car is associated with risks. Not all salespeople and car dealers have the best reputation. One way to mitigate the risks in buying a used car is to check dealer history and reputation. Checking for reviews is one of the best ways to check for dealer reputation and history. CARFAX and AutoCheck are amongst the most popular platforms that offer dealer reputation and history check in Australia. You can check our Google reviews here.
#6 Consider third party car inspection
For car buyers, a third party car inspection is helpful if you’re in the market for a used car, whether purchasing online or in-store. An auto mechanic, not related to the dealership company, can write you a full report about the inspection.
A third party car inspection comprises frame damage inspection, paintwork, leaks, electrical problems, mechanical problems, interior damage and technical issues that occur daily. In short, third party car inspection is vital to avoid owning a used car with a pre-existing mechanical condition. As previously mentioned, ALL the cars we have for sale at Westside have already had this completed. When you are looking to purchase, you can ask to see the independent reports about any vehicle that has caught your eye.
#7 Test drive!
Ask to drive the car around a few times before buying. Take time to check all the control and features of the car. Check the interior, exterior, engine, brakes, steering, gears, clutch and extension. Check for signs of damage on the seats, look for rusts and chips on the body. Listen for unusual engine noise and watch out for excessive exhaust smoke. Try all gears, including reverse as well.
You’ll be wanting to drive the car for years to come so make sure you are happy with the smoothness of the ride overall.
#8 Buy used cars from Westside Auto Wholesale
Westside Auto Wholesale specialise in selling used cars in Western Australia. We have a large selection of used vehicles that are mechanically inspected by experts. Come to our warehouse to view our vast selection of quality used cars for sale!
Good luck and happy car hunting!