7 Tips For Buying A Used Car

Are you buying a used car in BC? Whether you’re a new driver or are looking for an affordable but reliable vehicle, there are many great reasons to purchase a previously owned car. While buying a used car can be a smart choice, there are certain things you should keep in mind when shopping around. 

Here are seven tips for buying a used car, courtesy of Abbotsford Chrysler:

#1 Go with Someone You Trust

New drivers tend to look for cars based on how they look. If the car is sleek, stylish, and popular, it’s going to have more appeal than perhaps something more practical. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s going to be safe, great on mileage, and not give you any foreseeable problems that could end up costing you a lot of money, we suggest confiding in someone who has owned a car for many years. They can tell you a thing or two about what to look for in a car and can draw from their own car-buying experiences.

#2 Visit a Trusted Dealer

We’re not saying that every private seller is trying to get you to buy their lemon. But there is a certain sense of trust from an established Abbotsford dealership. Private sellers may try and sell you their cars for less, but they likely won’t be able to give you a full report of the car’s history or may be reluctant to spend money on one. If you are interested in a private seller, we recommend getting the car inspected.

#3 Request Car's Full History Report

Did you know that you can get the car’s full history by searching by its VIN, or otherwise known as a vehicle identification number? Many companies offer this service, but one of the most trusted and well-known is Carfax. A complete history report can tell you everything you need to know, such as:
  • Major accidents
  • Rebuilds
  • Frame and structural damage
  • Vehicle theft
  • Service and inspection records
  • Repair estimates and costs
  • Open recalls
  • Odometer readings
  • Registration
  • One-owner vehicles
  • And much more

#4 Go For a Test Drive

Many inexperienced drivers take one look at a car, fall in love with it, and offer to buy it on the spot. While that’s a romantic idea, it’s highly ill-advised. The test drive is where you can put everything the seller says to the test. During your test drive, be sure to make the following checks:

  • Before you start the car, give a visual inspection. Don’t be shy to walk around the car, check the engine and inspect under the car for rust. Pop the trunk and take a seat in the back. How is the interior? If it looks a little worse for wear, is it something you can live with? How’s the engine? Does it look clean and cared for, or do you notice rust? Are the tires in good condition?
  • How does the car feel? Are the seats comfortable? Do you feel cramped? Is there legroom in both the front and back seats?
  • How is the power? Try accelerating on the highway. Don’t hesitate to pass other cars, merge, and slow down quickly. In other words, drive like you normally would.
  • How does the engine sound when you’re driving on the road? Smooth and steady, or overworked and jerky?
  • Service and inspection records
  • Check the mileage: To figure out if the car is worth buying, consider the mileage versus the age of the car.
  • Check the breaks. Do they jerk to a full stop or allow you to slow down smoothly? Are they too sensitive for you? Do they work well?
  • Try all the gears. Don’t forget to check out how it feels in reverse.
  • Notice how much gas was in the tank before your test drive compared to after. Has the dial shifted more than you were expecting?

#5 Compare Prices Online

Before you even head to your dealership, we strongly advise you to compare prices online. For instance, if you’re on the market for a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the Abbotsford area, check out more than one dealership with the same model for sale to compare prices. If the car is priced too high, you can either try and negotiate with the dealer or private seller, or (if it’s priced way too high) move on. If the car is priced too low, it’s probably too good to be true, and a simple test drive will likely show that. 

We also suggest comparing prices by using the market value of the used car you like as a benchmark. For example, take the used car’s details (year, make, model, and mileage) and send it off to a trusted dealership in your area. 

#6 Get a Pre-Purchase Inspection

A pre-purchase inspection can give you peace of mind knowing that your car is safe and priced accordingly. All of our used cars meet safety standards. Our Comprehensive Vehicle Inspection checks the following components:

We also suggest comparing prices by using the market value of the used car you like as a benchmark. For example, take the used car’s details (year, make, model, and mileage) and send it off to a trusted dealership in your area. 
  • Engine
  • Transmission/differentials
  • Brakes
  • Steering/suspension
  • Underhood inspection
  • Under vehicle inspection
  • Interior inspection
  • Miscellaneous checks, including gauges, wipers, defroster, audio system, cruise control, hinges, etc.
All Abbotsford Chrysler pre-owned vehicles have a 5 day/5,000 km powertrain warranty and a 5 day/500 km exchange policy. If you need results right away, Abbotsford Chrysler also offers a Mini Safety Inspection, which checks:
  • Lights
  • Windshield and windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Underhood inspection
  • Brakes
  • Steering/suspension
  • Under vehicle inspection

#7 Go with Your Gut Feeling

If the car looks good on paper and drives well, but you don’t get a good feeling about it, listen to your intuition. There may be something wrong with the car that you don’t realize. Alternatively, if there’s nothing technically wrong with the car, but you don’t see yourself enjoying the ride, you may end up feeling buyer’s remorse. You should be 100% satisfied with such an expensive purchase. 

Looking for a Used Car? Come into Abbotsford Chrysler Today

Visit Abbotsford Chrysler to view our previously owned vehicles today. We carry a wide range of makes and models to suit your needs and your budget. If you’re buying a used car in BC, check out our used inventory, book a test drive, or call us today!

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Are you buying a used car in BC? Here are certain things you should keep in mind when shopping around.
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