Unless you have official qualifications in mechanics (or your husband does), buying a second hand car can be fraught with difficulties. Not only will you have to spend time considering all your options when it comes to model and colour, but you’ll also need to keep your wits about you with regards to engine status and any hidden issues private sellers may try to cover up.
For that reason, it’s almost always better to buy used models from a reputable dealership, even if it means paying a little more for your car. While you might have to spend more money initially, you’ll have much more cover should something untoward happen, and so you’re bound to save hundreds, if not thousands in the long run. I recently read on the Big Motoring World Twitter page that the months of June and July are always the best for buying a used vehicle at the best prices, so there’s no time to lose. You need to start your research now to ensure you capitalise fully on this.
With that in mind, the article you’ve found today has been written in the hope of giving you some handy advice that could result in you getting a better deal. Obviously, you should always try to take a qualified mechanic along when purchasing anything second hand, but if that’s simply not possible, the information in this article should help to limit the chances of you getting ripped off.
Look at the history
So long as you’re buying from a second hand dealership, you should have the opportunity to read through the car’s full history before committing to a purchase. This is something you should definitely take advantage of. Don’t start panicking if it’s had a lot of repair work, that is completely normal for something more than five years old. However, if you notice that most of the work has been done on the same area of the engine, this should set alarm bells ringing. Like it or not, some automobiles are just prone to issues, and if the one you’re looking at seems to fit this category, you should move on and find something less risky.
Use basic negotiation skills
Not everyone is good at this naturally, and so it might be worth reading through some online guides to brush up on your negotiation skills. There’s lots of useful information in these guides that could vastly improve the chances of you coming out on top. Just to get you started though, the basic rule of thumb for haggling involves you letting the seller state the first price. If you do this, the only way is down (contrary to what Yazz told us during the 1980’s)
Don’t be afraid of walking away
Second hand car sellers can often tell if you really like a particular vehicle, and so if they think you want it bad enough, they’re unlikely to budge too much on the price. For this reason, you need to get your best poker face on when looking at cars this summer, and if the seller refuses to reduce the price enough, you need to say something like “I’ll just get one from somewhere else then”. At the end of the day, a sale is a sale, and no dealership can afford to let money walk out of the building. Just make sure you leave your phone number, and they’ll probably call you back within a couple of days with a better deal.
So ladies, now you know a bit more about what you need to do to get the best deal on your next car, we hope you’ll save enough money to pay for an extra holiday or something enjoyable in 2015.