Buying a secondhand car is a great way to reduce costs, especially if you can’t afford a brand new one. It has its advantages, but it can be a challenge. How do you know that you’re buying a worthwhile model, and not a lemon on the verge of collapse? You don’t want to waste hard-earned money only to have to spend more on repairs and maintenance later on.
Fortunately, it is possible to navigate this minefield. Check out these tips to help you make a worthwhile car purchase.
Perform a thorough inspection
Always inspect the car. Damage and kinks can go unseen at first sight. Spare yourself the headache of shelling out on maintenance, and arrange inspections with your dealer. Go for a test drive. Check under the hood for wonky-looking parts, and make sure the car’s amenities are in shape. Performing the inspection on a bright, sunny day is also helpful, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Scout car parts suppliers
There are two kinds of used cars—those that work fine, and those that need some parts replaced. Make sure you have a reliable car parts supplier on hand. The kind of parts you buy also matter. Auckland car retailer Schofields.co.nz advises using genuine parts, as they’re tailor-made for your vehicle and offer better performance.
Check the paperwork
Make sure the car has a current warrant of fitness before buying. Any cars for sale must have a warrant that is less than a month old, and to be driving one without a warrant is illegal. Ask the dealer for service history. After this, fill out the necessary paperwork, including the Change of Ownership forms. If you are buying from a dealer, fill out a sales agreement.
A used car is a worthwhile investment, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth and be thorough before you make that purchase.