Search for your new car and purchasing it can be rather interesting and exciting process, but requires a lot of time and, yes, a lot of nerves. Lack of necessary information can be painfully disappointing – you can buy a low quality goods at a quality good price or dishonest buyer can fool you and much more. What are the most common mistakes a typical car buyer makes when making the long waited purchase? Discover six major consumer errors below and find out how you can avoid them!
Lack of information about the seller
A huge portion of people who sell cars on various internet web pages and car forums happen to be wheeler dealers. Sometimes, they offer a product which is in pretty poor condition. Sometimes, they take money and disappear, without delivering the vehicle to the buyer. So, the first thing to consider when looking for a used car is whether the seller is trustworthy. Reliable ones can be recognized by certain criteria. For instance, an honest seller rarely asks for a deposit before the potential buyer has even had a chance to look at it. Next, the seller is always easily reachable by phone. In case the seller contacts you only by e-mail, save your time and don’t bother. In addition, reasonable seller won’t have any objections you take the car on a small test drive.
Pays little attention to the car inspection
After the car market experts, the last step is one of the most responsible – it’s important to prepare adequately. To avoid needless mistakes, take somebody who knows stuff about cars with you. A person who has a good knowledge about vehicles, will have the ability to check documentation and inspect the vehicle itself properly, possibly saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in excess spending you would otherwise be able to spend on amateur tuning or professional tuning. The older the car, the higher the possibility it has been involved in a traffic accident. In such case, repair work amount and quality should be examined – your friend or auto expert will provide advice on whether everything has been done properly or it’s better to look for something else instead.
In order to avoid additional worries, it’s recommended to inspect the car in daylight, not in the night with flashlight etc. It’s easier to notice all of the auto body flaws and, more safer for you if the seller is located in rural, not urban areas.
Taking cash when going to the meeting
Such buyer behavior, according to the opinion of industry experts, is unsafe and can be quite costly.
When going to the meeting with the vehicle seller, take deposit which does not exceed 10% of cars value. If you decide to go for the particular vehicle, you will always be able to negotiate the place and date to finish the deal. Hence, you will have enough time to get the rest of the money from bank, your apartment etc.
Don’t take the test drive
A number of car buyers have so much confidence in the provided information in the advertisement that they decide to buy the car without taking a test drive. If possible, do a trial run both in the streets and on the highway. Some of technical defects become apparent only when you reach a certain speed or driving on the narrow, uneven streets, which requires a lot of agility. Better spend some extra minute on the inspection than several hours in the repair shop.
Don’t check the documents
Car keys are only a part of what you have to pay attention to. It is important that seller provides all the necessary documentation: technical inspection sticker, vehicle registration documents, service book, where you can find information on car mileage and maintenance and repair works performed.
Rushing to pay
It is recommended to transfer all the funds to the seller only when you have received both the car and the documentation. If you are asked to pay for the car in advance, it could be a red flag for possible deception. Advance payment is not a common thing, even if the transaction is carried on the internet. Making a prepayment you risk losing both – the vehicle you are willing to get and your money as well.