Buying a used car can save you a lot of money, unless you buy a lemon. There is always a risk of buying a faulty vehicle at a used car auction. Sellers do not give too much information about what their merchandise and sometimes buyers go home with a lemon. Although it’s impossible to be perfectly sure that what you purchase is in perfect working condition, you can protect yourself against faulty vehicles by following these tips:
- Get information
As they say, knowledge is power. In our case, the internet can provide valuable information about the vehicle we are about to buy. A quick search of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can reveal a lot of hidden information. You can see if the car was involved in an accident or where and when it was manufactured. If you have internet on your mobile, do not hesitate to check the car’s VIN.
- A mechanic is a driver’s best friend
If you know someone who is good with cars, do not hesitate to bring him or her along. Most of us do not know that much about cars, or at least not as much as a mechanic. Try to bring a professional to the car auction with you. A mechanic can tell if the car is worth buying or not.
- Buy a used car with warranty
The Californian Lemon Law covers used cars that are purchased under a warranty. So, if you do buy a lemon, you are entitled to a refund. Remember that the car has to be repaired by the manufacturer and not by the retailer! In general, purchasing a used car with a warranty is safer as you are protected by consumer’s laws. If your vehicle doesn’t have a warranty, you are not entitled to a refund.
- Take it for a spin
Test driving a vehicle is very important: you get to feel the car and to see if you are comfortable driving it. While test driving the car, pay attention to every sound it makes. If you notice strange sounds coming from the engine, the car may have problems. Do not buy anything that you are not sure of. A car is a big investment, so do not throw your money on something that you can’t drive.
A faulty car can endanger you life, so make sure that you buy a good and safe vehicle! If you are not good with cars, do not hesitate to ask a friend for help!