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If your looking for a new car or shopping around its good to know the important things. If you ask the right questions you can save yourself some time and have a more positive experience when purchasing a used vehicle.

Today, when buying used vehicles it comes down to an act of faith. You understand that the seller is honest, and that is as it should be, in order to asure this, you need to ask the right questions. Asking the right questions will enable you to know that you are getting the best deal and spending your money wisely.

These 6 questions are best asked even before viewing the used vehicle you plan on buying.

1. Why is the current owner selling the car or truck?

Each owner may have different reasons to sell their vehicle. However, in most cases it gives you an idea of the cars overall value depending on the answer.

  • If the seller is looking to sell it right away – this is usually good for the buyer. You are likely able to talk the seller down on the price.
  • If the seller is looking for a certain price it means that the car is in good condition,  it may be harder to get them to take an offer on a lower price.
  • If the owner doesn’t provide a clear answer as to what they want or are not flexible,  it may be a bad sign. This could indicate something could be wrong with the car.

2. How many previous owners has the vehicle had?

By asking this question you will get a clear idea of reoccurring problems with the used vehicle. If many people have owned it previously the reason for selling the car multiple times could be due to problems that keep occurring.

3. Has the vehicle been in extreme weather or parked outside during snowy seasons?

As a buyer you should be hesitant to buy any older vehicles that have been through extreme weather conditions or temperatures. A used car that has been through high temperatures for example over long periods of time could decrease the predictability of the car.  Your car will work well if its been treated well. Extreme weather can be a problem, this is something to keep in mind.

4. How many miles does your car have and what is the reliability of the brand of car you are interested in purchasing? 

Ok, it is realistic to understand that cars that are above the 150,000 – 250,000 mark are going to be a little trickier, even more so if they are cars that are notorious for being problematic.  Some car manufacturers are notorious for being reliable over the long haul – Brands such as Toyota, Chevy, Jeep etc.  Some cars that are more finicky are british ones, but gorgeous none the less.  More expensive cars can also retain their value long into the future.

5. Is this the original paint job? 

The reason this is so important, is because of two reasons.  #1, the car was in an accident, which is not ideal but this can be check with a car fax report to ensure that the car has not suffered any irreparable damages?  Fire, flood, etc.  Perhaps the car was painted to improve the overall appearance of the vehicle, that is not a bad thing and can actually improve the value of your car.  Good for you.

6. Do you have access to the title? 

Many people have tried this rouse before, I am selling a great car but the title is in another persons name.  Listen, the truth is, in order to sell a car or to buy a car outright, you need to get access to the title.  With out this vital piece of paper, the seller has no right of ownership, therefore they cannot sell it to you, its as simple as that.

Buying a used car is a great idea, but the moral of the story is do your homework first.  Do some research as to what is in your best interest, if you are desperately seeking a vehicle and have the funds to pay for the upkeep then get what it is that delights your fancy.  If you are cautiously optimistic about purchasing a vehicle through a second party or a private party, then try to be as forthcoming and get the buyer to be as forthcoming with you as you can.  Also, good luck .


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