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Useful tips on Buying used Cars

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 04 Dec 2012

The used cars market in India is growing as rapidly as the new cars market. This sector has a huge variety to exhibit in terms of used cars and used car sellers.

The choice can be baffling and can misguide you to take a wrong decision. The criteria of buying a used car are different from buying a brand new one.

Here are a few tips that’ll help you along.

  • Firstly you need to know which car you want and the price you are ready to pay for it. Consider your requirements when deciding a car like if you are a small family of four then an Alto or Spark will do just fine, but for a bigger family a MUV Toyota Innova turns out to be a good option.
  • Once you decide the car you want to buy conduct a complete market research on it. You need to be armed with information like market value, resale value, reliability and their demand in the market before you buy the car.
  • You need to get a verified source to buy your used car from the used car market. There are high chances of getting conned here. A careful selection and reliable guidance can make this purchase easy. Also, you can trust the internet when it comes to purchasing used cars. There are several portals online that can help you at every step of buying a used car.
  • When you go to see the car, consider taking a comprehensive check-list with you and a trusted friend. At least one of you must have good knowledge about cars.  In case none of you do, then take a mechanic with you.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask a lot of questions about the car. If everything falls in place you could eventually be the owner of it, so you need to know as much as you can. Don’t keep anything for later. This also lets you know how much the car owner knows and cares about the car by the way he responses to your questions.
  • Make sure you get the car thoroughly checked by a mechanic before you agree to buy. Many times you may have the urge to buy the car then and there without getting things checked. But a final check will save you from unpleasant surprises. The inspection can reveal if the car was involved in an accident, if the parts are welded or changed and some major repairs the car has gone through.
  • Remember to check the papers and documents of the car.If the seller poses to be the owner but in reality is just the dealer, then he must have a transfer form signed by the original owner. Make sure you check that.
  • Agree for further dealings only if you are completely satisfied with the car. You are not obligated to strike the deal and get the car home although the seller may pressurize a bit.

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