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02 Apr Tips before your purchase a used car

When you are looking for your next car, it is very important that you make sure you know the market value of the vehicle you are going to purchase. We recommend comparing your chosen car with others on the market. Be sure to compare the Km’s, year and price.

Perform a Background Check.

If you are still keen to purchase the car after you have checked the market value then it is highly advisable that you perform a background check on the vehicle. There are a couple of options here that you should look into. To check if the car is clear of any encumbrances then we recommend a PPSR check. This check is run by the RTA. So just jump on their website or call 132 213 and you should find out some clear information on how to perform the PPSR check.

Be sure to also check with the RTA that the registration is current and that the seller is the registered owner.

Check the Log Books.

When looking over the car, be sure to check the log books as they are more important than you may think. Not having Log Books can impact the price of the car. A log book will also give you a clear indication if the car has been maintained as it outlines the service history.

Take a Friend or Family Member with you.

It’s always important to take a friend or family member with you to check the car. Four eyes are always better than two and if possible make sure you inspect the car during the day as it becomes difficult to spot problems in the evening.

Check the Body of the Vehicle.

When inspecting the car, we personally start with the body, making sure you are satisfied with its appearance and condition.  Depending on the age and KMS of the vehicle, small scratches, marks, chips and dints are expected for a second hand car.

Checking for accidents and repairs can sometimes be tricky business if you haven’t had much experience. We always advise a professional vehicle inspection.

Some basic checks you can do to inspect the car include:

  • Start with the paint of the vehicle making sure it all looks consistent throughout.  Look for colour variation or over spraying. It all should look consistent!
  • When checking the basic mechanics of the vehicle, start by removing the oil cap and having a look inside the motor and at the oil cap. You are basically looking for any signs of sludge build up. Oil sludge can give you an indication that the motor is not in the healthiest condition and servicing has not been consistently carried out.
  • Always make sure to listen for irregular running, or any knocking/rattling noises in the motor. Be sure to listen to the motor on hot and cold start up.
  • When test driving the car be sure to listen for any unusual noises.

We hope this information has been helpful but if you are unsure about your next vehicle be sure to give us a call for a Vehicle Inspection.

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