Many people choose a used automobile over a new one; therefore, private dealers and organizations specializing in this sector are increasing. This is what you need to grasp in order to make an informed purchase.
When we acquire a used item, whether it's a bicycle, a house, or a computer, we run the danger of overlooking underlying flaws that make us regret our purchase. The same is true for used cars because the elements to consider are numerous, and if we do not take great care in studying the vehicle and its conditions, we may regret it in the future. This applies not just to the car's physical condition but also its legal and administrative status.
As a result, if we decide to buy a used car, we must first ensure that we take all of the required precautions to ensure a satisfactory purchase as much as possible.
What to look for when purchasing a used car?
We need to be certain that the automobile we want to buy is in good shape and will be a long-lasting and pleasant purchase. There are several aspects to examine in a vehicle's mechanics and the interior, body, and underbody.
All of this, if done correctly, will reveal a great deal about the previous use and its current status. You can learn step by step what to do to discover everything about the true condition of the automobile that we are interested in purchasing. It teaches you the methods and information you need to evaluate correctly such essential components as:
- The bodywork
- The chassis
- The motor
- The tires
- Exhaust system
- The air conditioning
How can I tell whether my automobile is in good working condition and is free of defects?
We pay careful attention to the paperwork area since it is just as essential to ensure that we are purchasing a car in good technical condition to prevent legal and administrative difficulties once we have bought it.
The first thing is to familiarize yourself with the vehicle's maintenance handbook, driver's license, and technical sheet. This allows us to establish what sort of maintenance the car has undergone and if it has a valid ITV, among other things. And we may indeed buy a car with an expired ITV, but we will not be allowed to drive it.
On the other hand, it is usually advised, if not required, to seek a DGT report on the vehicle in issue, which we may accomplish with the single need of having the registration number of the same.
This report will inform us about the following:
- The date of the initial registration
- The vehicle's current owner
- Make, model, chassis number, and other technical information
- Origin (national, import, etc.), service type (private, SP, etc.)
- The number of transfers and ownership changes
- Address of the vehicle
- Technical Inspections in the Past
- Incidents (changes of registration, etc.)
- Vehicle taxes status.
This report will allow us to acquire the automobile with total confidence, knowing that it is free of any legal or administrative burden (embargo, fine, seal, bankruptcy proceeding, etc.) and that the owner is not misleading us with this sort of information.
How long does the process of acquiring a used car take?
This may differ depending on whether we are purchasing the car from a private individual or a professional. Still, the process will always be faster than buying a new car because it has already been constructed and registered.
Thus, if the administrative procedures are streamlined, we will be able to enjoy the car practically immediately or within a few days, which is a clear advantage for many users in comparison to the new car, which currently has delivery times of several months in most cases, especially if it is a model that is not in stock.
But first, you must sign the sales contract, about which you can read more and even download a model in the following post that we have prepared for you.
As buyers, we must remember that we have a legal responsibility to complete the transfer of ownership within 30 days after signing the sale contract. We may either accomplish this in person at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters or online through the DGT website or the Electronic Registry.
Similarly, the seller must disclose the transaction to absolve himself of any responsibility for the car.
You have free access to the photos and characteristics of the car and the contact method and request information from the seller. In addition to having such useful tools as Car Insurance, Free Car Appraisal, Classic Cars, Financing, or the one previously mentioned requesting the vehicle report. Similarly, you may choose to get an alert if the model's price that interests you fall and browse similar models that are also for sale.
Buying a used car always entails some risk, but you can confidently have a car in good shape for many years by following all of these procedures. Do you dare?