It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can also feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you’re buying a used vehicle. I mean, people have a lot of reasons for selling their vehicles. Maybe they just wanted a new car, or maybe there was something that they personally didn’t like about the car. But then again, maybe there was something wrong with it or maybe there’s something really wrong with it.
It’s a great idea to order a report from a vehicle history service. This can uncover title problems and may reveal any serious accidents or flood damage as well as any recall notices for the vehicle. Maintenance and repair records are a plus, but most sellers don’t have them.
Of course the best idea is to get a professional to perform a used vehicle inspection. The inspection will go much deeper than just how good the vehicle looks and drives. You’ll get a feel for the vehicle’s overall condition, the status of major safety systems and an indication of how well it has been maintained. You’ll get a good idea of any work that needs to be done – and that will help you determine an appropriate value for the vehicle and whether or not it’s worth purchasing.
It’s pretty easy to see how a used vehicle inspection is worth the cost. If problems are uncovered, you can either steer clear of the vehicle or bargain for a better price. If everything is OK, you’ll have a plan for addressing any routine services that should be done, as well as a whole lot of peace of mind.
It’s easy to fall in love with a vehicle – just don’t let your excitement cloud your judgment. Bring the car in and have us perform a used vehicle inspection so that you’ll know if you’re getting a peach, or a lemon.