Important Questions to ask when buying a Pre-owned Car

Used car questions
Buying a pre-owned car always carries a certain amount of risk with it. So make sure you get the answers to these five questions.

Are all the documents in order?

Ask to see the service book and any documents like receipts and invoices that will give you an indication as to what service history the vehicle has had. Check to see if the VIN number on the chassis matches the car’s ID number on the registration documents. Make sure you have access to all the paperwork associated with the pre-owned car. If the car has a Roadworthy Certificate (RWC) that is good but don’t place to much emphasis on it, it just indicates the car meets the minimum statutory requirements in terms of safety like working brakes, lights and suspension among other things.

What condition is the used car in?

Ask them to tell you what condition the used car is in before you even do a physical check. This is to ensure that they are honest and that they are aware of the true condition of the car. Ask them to tell you on a scale of 1 to 10 what the interior, exterior and mechanical condition is like. Also ask them to give you reasons for their score and then write everything down. Later when you do a physical check you can use these notes as a benchmark to work out how accurate/honest the seller’s scores were.

Has the car been in any accidents?

Before you do a full interior and exterior check, ask the salesmen if the car has an accident history. If you are buying a pre-owned car from a reputable dealership then they should be honest with you regarding the accident history of a car. If the car has been in any accidents then find out exactly what the damage was and what needed replacing. If the seller tells you that the car has not been in an accident and you later find out by doing your accident check that it has been in an accident, then be very wary of going through with the deal because the seller might not be trustworthy.

Can you take the car to be inspected by an independent mechanic?

Again if you are buying a pre-owned car from a reputable dealership then this might not be necessary but it is worth asking. If the seller is hesitant to let you take the vehicle to get inspected then you should be wary. If the seller has nothing to hide then this should not be an issue.

What main issues can be expected with the car in the future?

Before asking this question be sure to do some research. Find reviews on that current car and look for any problems that other buyers have experienced with that model. You can even phone up a few mechanics or vehicle service centres and ask them what main issues are associated with that particular pre-owned car. For example, if you find that the car you want to buy generally needs a new cambelt around the 120 000km mark and it currently has 115 000kms on the clock, then you must be aware that you will need to replace it soon after you take ownership of the car.

The above are only five of many questions you should ask a seller before even thinking of buying a used vehicle. Buying from a reputable and established dealership is obviously always the wisest decision. Use Super Group Dealerships pre-owned car finder to find the perfect pre-owned car from the comfort of your computer. Our qualified and experienced staff will make the whole process that much easier for guaranteed peace of mind.
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