It is widely accepted that buying a used car has an element of risk attached, and as a buyer, it is your job to minimise those risks – and in this article, we have compiled a few important aspects to bear in mind when looking to buy a second-hand vehicle.
- Knowing the Car’s History – Absolutely essential that the car has a full service history (FSH), such as when you buy Canberra second-hand cars from an approved dealership. Otherwise, the car might have been roughly treated and is not in good shape at all! Avoid buying a car without an owner’s manual, as this booklet should travel with the car throughout its life and is updated at every service interval. This is not to be confused with car registration, this booklet comes from the manufacturer and contains everything the owner should know, and any car without an owner’s manual should be avoided.
- Affordability – It is oh so easy to set your heart on a prestige car, when in reality, the monthly payments are too high; some people will find the optimism to overcome these obstacles and go ahead and buy the car, only to find they can’t make the payments. To avoid this, simply calculate your maximum, safe amount you can afford per month and never go above that figure. If you look online, you might be able to find a dealer with very low finance, and if they take your car in a part-exchange deal, your new set of wheels is affordable.
- The Environment – In these eco-friendly times, perhaps that V8 that kicks out 650HP is not such a good idea; indeed, many Australian drivers are looking at hybrid or electric cars, which are much less harmful to the environment. Look for a vehicle that meets you needs without using an excessive amount of energy and you will be doing your bit for the planet. Vehicle emissions are a major component in global warming and the emissions should be something you look at when you select a model, making sure that you are not adding to the problem. Electric cars are beginning to be seen on our roads, along with charging stations, which might give you as much as 200km per charge.
- Practicality – While that two-seater would be amazing, if you have a family and this isn’t your second car, it wouldn’t be a practical choice. Make sure you think about what you might need to do with your vehicle, and this will ensure that you don’t end up with something unsuitable. SUVs are great for families, which is why they are so popular, and let’s face it, Australia is the ideal place for an off-road vehicle, especially one that has the comfort level of a saloon.
If you would like to view a selection of well-maintained used cars with full warranties, search online for the nearest major dealership and pay them a visit. All the cars they put on their forecourt have been thoroughly inspected and all have a warranty, which is really what you want when buying a used car.