Purchasing a Used Car From a Dealer

By: Alan Lim

This can be done by checking the internet or looking through the local newspaper before going to the various dealers in the area to make comparisons.

If the ideal car is not available on the lot, then if you tell the dealer about it these people can help by looking for that particular model or offer a similar car similar to your choice.

Since dealers often want to get rid of the used car quickly, it is also possible to get a good deal on what is available as long as it meets your requirements.

Most used cars have a maintenance record. The buyer must ask the dealer to see it and if it is not available, then you should contact the dealership or repair shop where most of the work was done.

The buyer has the right to see a copy of the dealer's warranty. To be safe, you can also ask if a service contract is provided in buying the used car. This contract that is offered by the dealer may or may not provide coverage that is in the manufacturer's warranty which may cost extra.

Since the warranty usually comes when buying a car and the service contract does not, it is best to ask if you need to avail of by answering some questions;

&bull What are the differences between the coverage of the warranty and the service contract?

&bull What repairs are covered?

&bull Is routine maintenance covered?

&bull Who will pay for labor and parts if brought to the shop?

&bull Who is authorized to perform the repairs and where?

&bull How long does the service contract last?

&bull What are the cancellation and refund policies?

Just looking at the second hand car will not give information if the used car is in good condition. It should be test driven under various road conditions such as the highway or in traffic.

Since most people are not that knowledgeable about cars, it is advisable to bring the car to a reliable mechanic for proper inspection.

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