10 Pitfalls You Should Avoid In Purchasing A Used Car

10 Pitfalls You Should Avoid In Purchasing A Used Car

You've made the decision to purchase a "pre-loved" set after weighing your options between a brand-new car and a used car. That is a popular decision in the Philippines, where being thrifty and practical are appreciated qualities. However, purchasing a used car isn't always as easy as driving a shiny new set from the showroom floors. Good thing guides like this one help you in your buying journey.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are some mistakes buyers commit when buying second-hand vehicle?

    Buyers could make the mistake of not setting a budget, buying solely on looks, and not checking the history of the car they intend to buy.
  • Buying Purely Because of the Car’s Exterior

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    Many purchasers give a lot of thought to a car's appearance, but you shouldn't base your decision to buy a used car only on how it looks. If you stick with what you believe looks the greatest, you will be leaving a lot of good possibilities on the table. You should at the very least investigate other vehicles that are offered on the secondhand market. You might just come across a gem in the rough.

    Not Taking the Car Out for a Test Drive

    Test Drive

    It would be negligent of you to buy a car without even giving it a test drive because they are expensive purchases. Often, driving an automobile for the first time is the only way to properly know if you adore it. It is practically unavoidable to test drive a pre-owned vehicle. Before you take out your checkbook, try it and gain useful first-hand experience.

    Forgetting to take a Mechanic Along

    Unless you are an expert technician, it is usually a good idea to send your best mechanic to inspect a used car. If you came alone, they might notice crucial elements that you wouldn't have even noticed. A dependable technician may also advise you on the general condition of the vehicle and whether purchasing it would be a wise decision.

    Car Undercarriage

    Not Inspecting the Vehicle's Undercarriage

    Once more, a reliable mechanic would come in handy. The underneath of a used automobile is often overlooked by purchasers, yet it is just as important as any other part of purchasing a used car. Look for any rust, leaks, or damage in the undercarriage. Later, you'll appreciate yourself.

    Not Investigating the Service History of the Car

    Asking the owner about the car's service history is a must while we're on the subject of vehicle damage. Is the warranty still in effect? Do they possess the service manual? Has the car been involved in any serious collisions? Which components—if any—have been changed? Before purchasing any secondhand car, you must ask these important questions.

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    Where’s your Choice A, B, C…?

    Even if you find the ideal used car, having the option to back out is always useful. It serves as a practical means of self-protection and guarantees that you won't compromise if the bargain turns out to be less than perfect. Always test drive a variety of cars before settling on one until you're prepared to sign the papers.

    Absence of a Budget

    Although used cars are nearly always less expensive than new ones, you can still make a sound budget. Do your homework and decide how much you are willing to pay on a specific model. This will enable you to locate an offer that meets your requirements and financial situation.

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    Refusing to Seek a Second Opinion

    It's all too easy to let our desires get in the way while purchasing any type of vehicle. Even the best of us experience it. So, before completing the purchase, ask a friend or family member to review it. They could spot something that could save you hundreds of thousands of pesos that you were oblivious to.

    Not Looking up Insurance Costs

    When looking for used cars, insurance might be an overlooked factor. However, it's one of the most important factors you'll need to consider. Numerous variables might have a significant impact on insurance premiums. Therefore, conducting some study in advance will help you be more prepared for negotiations as well as for any expenses the used automobile may incur down the road.

    Affixing Plate Number

    Are There Violations with the Car’s Plate Number?

    The subject of driving violations is the last. We rely on you to verify that the vehicle's license plate matches its number, but you should also see if the plate has any violations listed against it. Anyone can view a specific plate number for any ongoing violations that have not yet been resolved thanks to the MMDA's "May Huli Ba?" feature. You should take a few minutes to check this online because, of course, you don't want any trouble in the future.

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