In this day and age, it may not be feasible for you to buy a brand-new car. Because a car's value depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot, it may not make sense at all to buy a brand-new vehicle. With so many used vehicles available both on the private market and at dealerships, you can find a car that's just a couple of years old that is still in practically brand-new condition. While you are test-driving a used car, there are a few things that you may want to talk to the dealership or owner about.
1. How Many Owners Has the Car Had?
Typically, the more owners that a car has had, the more mileage on it. Ask to see how many owners the car has had. If the car has only had one owner or if it is just coming off of a lease then it may be good thing for you to buy. If the owner isn't aware of how many people have owned the car previously, you can typically look it up on websites like Carfax.
2. Does the Car Have a Clean Title?
Another thing you will want to talk to them about is whether or not the car has a clean title. If a car has a damaged title then it means that it has suffered some sort of significant damage and the car had to be redone. Although a car without a clean title can still be a good investment, you shouldn't' have to pay as much for it and you may not be able to sell it for as much in the future. If the car doesn't have a clean title then you will also want to see exactly what was damaged.
3. Why Are They Selling It?
If you are buying a car from a private owner, you may want to ask them why they are selling it. Is it because the gas is too expensive? Is it because the car is breaking down? These are all things that you will want to know so you can decide for yourself if the car is going to be a good fit for you.
Knowing exactly what you are buying when you are investing in a used car will help you make the best choice possible. To learn more, reach out to a used car dealership like Schwieters Chevrolet of Cold Spring.