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How to Buy a Used Car

How to Buy a Used Car

Choosing a used car can prove to be a very tough and time-consuming endeavor. Most people don’t take the pain of checking just few things that may end up buying them a good car. Buying a used car always involves a bit of psychology and some technical know-how. We all know that there are numerous tempting offers in the used car market. It is true as many believe that buying a second-hand vehicle is like paying for someone else’s problems; unfortunately, some “professionals” have done a lot of damage to this sector. So guys, we have a few tips for you here on DIY Somo. We are gonna tell you how to buy a used car, what exactly to look for in it and how you can buy the ride of your dreams.

how to buy a used car

Choosing the car

The very first step is to select the car which you like.  You don’t need to be very specific at this stage, just decide the type of the car that is a perfect match to your requirements. Just go for it, but make sure that it fulfills your basic requirements. Why are you getting a car? For personal transport? For Family transport? In order to transport goods? You like fast cars? These are a few questions that you should ask yourself before choosing a specific category.

Do some research?

After selecting your dream car, you should do some research in order to know about the few important things? First of all, you will have to see if the model is still under production? If yes then what are the drivers form different blogs and forums saying about it. Are they happy with the performance? Or they are complaining about certain things? If there are complains, then what kind of complains are there? After performing this basic research about actual customer experiences, you should finalize your choice.

Year of Manufacture

After finalizing the vehicle that you wanna get, you have to decide on the year or make that you want. Cars have different models, you should research about the differences that each new model has. These differences are in terms of physical appearance and working. After selecting the year, its time to make a list of people selling the same car and make sure they all are falling under your budget.

Talk to the owner first

You should play psychologist in this part for some time. Talking to the owner may reveal number of important things. For example, it will tell you how much careful they are about the car. It will also tell you if they keep a proper record of their car maintenance. Here are some of the questions that you may consider asking the owner.

Key Questions:

  • Why he or she is selling the vehicle?
  • How many previous owners it had?
  • Any major accidents?
  • Do you keep a proper record of your car maintenance?
  • Do you park it in the garage daily?
  • Are there any bills of possible repairs?

Miles on the dashboard are just numbers

You should not get frightened by the numbers that marks the dashboard. A well-maintained car can do many thousands of miles without problems. However, going for one that has less miles under its wheels is a better option.

Check the maintenance schedule

Ask for the maintenance schedule from the owner. It will tell you exactly how much the owner is consistent in maintaining the car. Do ask for the garage form where it is maintained. These questions will reveal the owners attitude towards maintaining the car and will make it easy for you to select a well-maintained one.

Look for inconsistencies

If you score a few kilometers, but the steering wheel, shift knob and pedals are very weak, it’s a sign of distrust. If the clutch pedal shows severe lean on the left side, it may be that the driver usually rests his foot on that pedal. This will have left a mark on the clutch and is an expensive repair.

The engine

Now that the engine is hot, remove the oil filler cap carefully and check for smoke. Put your hand on it, and if it generates too much pressure … bad news. The engine has wear and causes the compression of the cylinder to pass into the crankcase and, through ventilation, up to the rocker cover. This explains a lot, if there are problems then you should better find another car.


Behind the wheel of the car

If everything is going fine so far, it’s time to get behind the wheel. Ask the owner to drive it first: you can see if it is too rough, also notice if the gear is being used properly and not being pushed too far. When your turn comes, it will be easier to notice mechanical problems if you are careful behind the wheel. Get on the road and put on the longest running, accelerate smoothly from 1,200 rpm and check if the car is steadily gaining speed. If there are slight pulls, there may be a fault in the engine management.

The Gear Box

Lower a couple of gears and revolutionize the propeller, look for strange noises in the high regime zone. The gears must enter smoothly and without scratching. The tires must have a regular wear on the entire tread.


Suspension and shock absorbers

Suspension and shock absorbers add up to the comfort of your vehicle. While purchasing an old one you need to consider them seriously. Drive the car through some bumps, if it bounces a lot or if some weird sound comes from the wheels, it’s a sign of bad suspension. Either the car is being used on very rough roads or the driver may have been involved in over speeding on a rough road.



Make sure that when you brake gently the car does not tend to go one way or the other. If you do and the wheel pressure is correct, you may have a problem with the brake pedal or a stiff brake caliper.

If you do not find anything strange with these checks, chances are you are in front of your next car. Just do the bargaining, and you’ve your perfect ride in front of you. Don’t overpay, just have a look at the prices of the model you’ve selected and see if it is suitable.

Hope these tips will give you first-hand knowledge about used vehicles and will explain how to buy a used car. Please share your feedback, comments and suggestions with us so that we know we are treading rightfully, also, please don’t forget to subscribe.

Happy Driving!

About Nick Fury

Hi, I am Nick! Apart from being a loving husband and a father of one, I dedicate myself to manage a company full time. Writing is my passion, I started writing a blog some 10 years ago, now reviving this passion again, I would love to express my views and takes on day to day stuff, hope you guys enjoy! Do share your thoughts.

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