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5 Important Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car

A car is possibly one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, so it’s imperative to find a car that suits all your needs. Here are a few important pointers to consider that will make your search for a new used car much simpler!

Get Your Finances In Order

 How much are you willing and able to spend on a car? This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. Work out how much you can afford to spend – Red Book can help you guide the value of the used car you’re considering according to their year and model. This is also a good time to establish the basic needs that you want from your car, be it for city driving or something that can support offroading. Also, understand the additional features you might want your vehicle to have and look for cars with those features already built-in since getting them separately can be expensive.

Do Extensive Research

Buying a car – especially a used one – isn’t one that should be rushed into. Don’t go for the first car you see just because you didn’t have time to look through more cars. Once you have established the type of car you want, look for its strengths and weaknesses. Running costs and safety are two of the most important considerations. Search for multiple cars and shortlist the best one and make sure to test drive it and get it professionally inspected.

Test Drive It and Then Test Drive It Some More

 This is one of the most important tasks to complete before you finally commit to buying the car. Every car can be a bit different, so check for things like are the brakes and transmission making you feel in control and how comfortable you are with the steering. Don’t just look for simple things like how the car drives and if you like the exteriors of the car, check the paintwork for bubbles or colour difference that could indicate any rusts or accident. Take a look at the upholstery and the carpets for any wear, check if the car is easy to get in and out of or does it have enough headroom and does your lower back feel supported. It’s important to look out for the essentials – these are what need to be in line with your needs and if you’d be happy to drive in it every single day.

Make Use of Your Resources 

If you’re serious and feel that you have finally found a car you would be happy with, get an independent inspection from a qualified mechanic that can tell you if there are any problems you might need to take care of in the future. Make use of resources available to you like the RACV cost running calculator and the government-run Personal Property Securities Register to help you deliver a full vehicle history report indicating if the car has been written off or stolen. This is where buying from a dealership can be advantageous as you’ll have a guaranteed title and wouldn’t require a PPSR report.

Look for a Reputable Dealer

Buying a new car is a hard process but when you think about buying a used car it can turn into a stressful situation pretty quickly. This is where buying from a dealer can really be helpful, buying from a dealer means that there will be full transparency about your car’s past. Dealerships like Werribee Mitsubishi have expert after-care so you can breathe easy about what happens if a problem occurs. When you buy a used car from a dealer you can ask as many questions as you like and be completely sure before you make the purchase.

At Werribee Mitsubishi, we love helping buyers find cars that are perfect for them, so if you are looking for a used vehicle then please do not hesitate to reach out to us today and we’ll be happy to help.