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Tokunbo: 5 Things to Consider When Buying A Used Car

It’s exciting to get a new car even if it is a used one. It is new to you.  It’s exciting to get anything, really. Buying a car comes with a new sense of responsibility and achievement. Whether you are young or old, buying a car can be thrilling. There are a lot of varieties to pick from and making a choice might be the first complicated decision you may have to make as regards a vehicle. Here are 5 things you should consider when buying a used car.

  1. Count the Cost

Decide how much you are willing to put up for this vehicle. Are you on a tight budget or do you want to splurge. It’s a good idea to have options so if you don’t get exactly what you are looking for, you will get something close. Also do necessary research. Know the type of vehicle that is suitable and economical to your environment.

  1. Check the Mileage.

Mileage is important when buying a used car. It is advisable to buy a car with low mileage. Ensure it is below 130,000 kilometers. Cars with low mileage are better but this should not be valued more than the total well-being of the car. If the car is in good condition with low mileage, it’s a plus.

  1. Owner's Maintenance

How well has the car been maintained? How many years has it been running? It’s best to avoid cars older than 12 years unless you are ready to revamp the car. Check the tyres if they are in good condition, check the hood for leaks, check the interior, check the glass and mirrors, and check the body work. Also check that the doors are working. These indicators will tell you what the car has been through.

  1. Ask questions

Ask the previous owner if the car has been involved in an accident and how severe it was to the car. Ask about major repairs that have been done on the vehicle. Ask about rust and dents and other scratches that may have been taken care of. Not all your questions may be answered but you will eventually get an idea of the condition of the car. It is also a good idea to get a reputable mechanic to help you with an inspection.

  1. Where to Search

Do your research to ensure that you buy a car from a reputable source. There are a lot of websites that act as middlemen between you and your car. Check for reviews and do a sweep of those sites. You can search for the cars based on various factors like the model, the car mileage and others. You can also visit used car dealerships. This gives you an opportunity to talk face to face and to see the vehicle up front.

Put these five tips at the top of your list when considering your used vehicle. Have the necessary paperwork done. The whole process is exciting but don’t be in a hurry so you don’t overlook something important. Be safe!

6 thoughts on “Tokunbo: 5 Things to Consider When Buying A Used Car”

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