Do’s and don’ts when looking at cars for sale Canberra areas
Purchasing a car privately means the onus is on you to make sure the vehicle is in good condition. Remember there is no protection under the Fair Trading Act, and there is no cooling off period or warranty.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when looking as cars for sale Canberra areas whether you want to buy from a private seller or a used car dealer.
What you need to know
The following list includes some things to keep in mind when buying a used car:
· Do consider the best vehicle to suit your family or lifestyle. There are so many different types of used cars on the market. The first thing you need to do is decide what type of vehicle suits your family and lifestyle. Take into account you or your family’s needs and how you will use it. For example, if you have a long daily commute you will want a vehicle that is economical on fuel.
· Do your research. Do your research to identify fair market value and what the vehicle sells for. Red Book is a good website to use to understand prices in the used car market. Knowing what a vehicle is worth lets the seller know you have done your research on the car that interests you.
· Do have the car you want independently inspected. It is always advisable to a used vehicle inspected before you buy it. This applies whether buying from a private seller or from a used car dealer. It will tell you if there are any problems and should pick up whether it has been involved in a serious accident or not.
· Do not buy the first car you see. Make sure you compare different vehicles, makes and models in your price range. Take them for a test drive on different road conditions such as the open highway and in peak hour traffic. Problems with a vehicle may only become apparent when tested this way. Also make sure it is comfortable to drive.
· Do set a budget. Setting a budget and sticking to it is important. Buying a used vehicle that is more than you can afford can put you into financial hardship.
· Do buy online as it can save you time. Buying a vehicle on line can save you time. To help you make a decision, check out the cars that interest you at a dealer. Take them for a test drive. Then look on line for a better deal than a dealer offers.
· Do not buy a car that has been in a serious accident or a flood. Avoid buying a car that has been in a serious accident or affected by a flood. There can be a lot of problems crop up over time.
· Do not believe what you are told. Sales lines are often just that. Things like only driven on the highway or only one owner may not be true. The vehicle could be an ex rental or fleet vehicle driven by many and you would never know. Complete a PPSR check using the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the report will give you details such as:
o whether it has been written off
o if it has been stolen
o verifying the VIN
o if there is any money still owing on it
o an odometer check
o registration details.
· Do not buy a car that you hesitate about. If you feel any hesitation or doubt about a car, do not buy it. Trust your gut feeling and keep looking until you find the right car. These do’s and don’ts apply wherever you are buying a car from, not just cars for sale Canberra areas.