When purchasing a used car, it is important to keep in mind that not every car is equal. Aside from the obvious, even the same make and model of a vehicle can have drastic differences in technology, reliability, and safety ratings between different years of production. Even some typically reliable makes and models have specific years that auto technicians would advise against because they have a history of expensive breakdowns.
So what can you do to protect yourself from accidentally buying an unreliable vehicle?
- Do prior research! There are many websites dedicated to educating potential buyers on specific cars. The year, model, and features of any particular vehicle can drastically affect the long-term price.
- Talk to reputable sources. You can hop online and find forums for the most significant cars. Yes - that can simply mean joining a Facebook or Reddit group. You can talk to many other used car owners, and they can offer advice and tips. Our certified technicians are always available to find the answer to your questions and share our insight from our experience with the vehicle.
- Always take it in for a pre-purchase inspection at our shop! Even a car with excellent ratings and a superb reputation in the industry might not have cared for it the way it should. The used vehicle could have been driven in less than desirable conditions with major parts ready to fail. Driving habits, road conditions, poor maintenance, or neglect can cause problems in vehicles that might not be obvious at an initial glance.
Used vehicles are a great option when you're looking for a new vehicle to purchase, but a used vehicle also requires better buying habits than just driving into a lot, picking a color, and heading on your way. Be smart when buying used and save yourself money and frustration in the long run!
If you are considering purchasing a pre-owned vehicle and are in need of advice, Honest Wrenches will be there for your assistance. Feel free to schedule a pre-purchase inspection, call the certified mechanics at Honest Wrenches.