When you’re about to buy a used car, you hesitate. How can you be sure that this second-hand car won’t let you down? Before making your decision, take a few minutes to review the criteria below. If one of them is missing, be careful.
In June 2016, Statista investigators interviewed 650 people about to buy a used car. Their objective ? Determine factors influencing acquisition. What they discovered confirmed a popular idea.
For 80% of the panelists, the most important criterion was the price of the automobile. If they prefer a second-hand car, it is above all to save money. You are probably in this situation…
To be satisfied with your used vehicle, set a real budget and stick to it. By looking carefully, you will find a car that you will enjoy driving and whose purchase will not lead you to bankruptcy.
In the Statista survey, it is the second element mentioned by those polled. At the same time, is it really surprising? The more a vehicle has been used, the more likely it is to have latent defects.
Psychologically, buyers become reluctant when the counter shows 100,000 km for a petrol car and 150,000 km for a diesel engine. This is why good used car sales sites use this criterion to filter searches.
Small precision: who says high mileage does not necessarily say vehicle in poor condition. Everything depends on the rigor with which the previous owner took care of his automobile. A negligent person is capable of overcoming a car with less than 50,000 km on the clock.
3. General condition
Before signing the sales contract, make sure that this used vehicle is functional. While minor breakdowns are acceptable, others cannot be tolerated. So that your new car is not immobilized a few days after its acquisition, check the following points:
- the start
- clutch operation
- management control
- braking efficiency
- engine condition
- gear operation
- the condition of the wheels and suspensions
If possible, have a mechanic/mechanic accompany you. The latter will be able to establish a precise inventory and even an estimate in the event of repairs. In addition to being useful during negotiations, this temporary invoice will help you plan your expenses.