Buying a car, whether it is new, used, or certified is not an easy purchase. It is expensive and should be a purchase done with thoughtfulness and care. It shouldn’t be rushed into and you shouldn’t pick the first car that catches your eye. There are things to look for, things to ask, and you NEED to test drive every vehicle you’re interested in. I’ve partnered with Kindle Auto Plaza to bring the top 10 questions to ask before buying a used vehicle.
Yes, there are probably hundreds of questions to ask and if your salesman is a true expert in his field he will answer them before you can even open your mouth! That’s what Kindle Auto Plaza prides themselves in, knowledgeable and friendly service. Let’s check out the list shall we?
- How many owners has the vehicle had?
- Do all the headlights work? What about the other lights including dashboard, interior, etc.
- Test the brakes while test driving the car. Are they weak or function well?
- Take a look at the tires and see if they look worn out on the treads or have been replaced and are new
- Are all the seats clean or are there stains or rips in the leather/ upholstery?
- Do the windshield wipers work effectively?
- Does the music system work? (Carry a spare CD with you to check the CD player)
- Does it have a remote less entry and does it work?
- Did the vehicle make any noises or weird sounds when you took it for a test drive?
- Does the air conditioning and heating system work effectively? In other words, does the A/C get cold or does it blow hot air?
I also suggest taking your kids with you when you go car shopping. They will be in the car just as much as you will and you want to make sure that everyone safely fits inside. This will ensure that care seats will, that there is leg room, and it will also help you determine if you need to look for a bigger vehicle. Again take your time, ask questions, and happy car shopping!