Buying a Used Car? These Tips Might Help

Dec 4, 2019 2 min read
Buying a Used Car? These Tips Might Help

For whatever reason you might be going for a pre-owned car, there are some factors that you MUST consider before taking a decision. These tips can be helpful in buying a used car.

The pre-owned car market has flourished greatly in India over the years. There are so many mobile applications, and even startups dealing in the sale of used cars. The market has become highly organised through online mediums, leading to the ever-increasing sales of preowned cars.

Based on a report published by Mahindra First Choice Wheels, the pre-owned car market is significantly ahead of the new car market. With easy access to information and wide options in the market, customers are spoiled with choices.

However, the decision of buying a used car should not be taken in haste. Here are a few tips to help you invest your money in the right used car.

1. What are you going to use the Car For?

It is important to consider how you are going to use the car. If you are buying it for your daily commute to office, then you might consider buying a car that has travelled lesser kilometres on the odometer. The reason being, your car will go through a lot of wear and tear in a shorter span of time and a used car that has already covered a lot of kilometres would require more maintenance.

But if you are using a second-hand car for mild use in the city or as a second car in the house, then you can go for a bit older car as it would not go through a lot of grind on a regular basis.

2. How big a car do you need?

You could be looking for a hatchback, sedan or SUV. Instead of getting lured by the beauty of a particular model, think about the purpose for which you are buying a car. Also keep in mind that bigger the car, higher are the service costs and maintenance bills.

If your monthly run is more than 1500 kilometres, then it is recommended that you look for a CNG model which would offer you great fuel efficiency and low maintenance costs.

3. Are you buying a certified Car?

There have been several instances where car buyers have been cheated with a flawed engine or poor paint quality. To eliminate these doubts, it is advisable to always approach a registered used-car seller who is reliable and offers certified preowned cars. These cars are thoroughly inspected, professionally refurbished, and certified by a manufacturer or other certifying authority with no compromise on parts and quality.

Certified preowned car sellers also offer a warranty of 6 months to a year. You can also get financing facility and other benefits from such buyers.

4. Make sure you Inspect the Car well.

A preowned car that has travelled 15,000-20,000 kilometres and is not more than 5 years old is the best option to go for.

  • Make sure you take the car for a test drive to see the quality and performance of the engine.
  • Check for any engine noise, and make sure that it starts smoothly.
  • Compare the odometer reading with the age of the car as it can be easily tampered with.
  • Check the tyres. You can bargain a good amount on worn-out tyres.
  • Also check the age of battery, wheel alignment, condition of seats and electronics to get the best deal.

Following these tips can get your the best deal out there, and a pre-owned car that would last longer.

Happy Shopping!

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