So you’ve decided to buy a new car. You’re probably excited, there is nothing like getting behind the wheel of a new car, taking it for a drive and relishing in your new purchase.
But before you get to that point, there are some important questions you need to ask before you buy that next vehicle.
Questions to Ask the Dealer or Seller
Buying a car is generally a major financial commitment, so making sure you find the best car for sale, to meet your needs, is paramount to the purchase being successful.
The following are five questions you should ask before you purchase any car, whether it’s new or used.
What is the car’s condition?
This should be followed up by asking to see the car’s service history, making sure that the car has been kept in the right condition, particularly if the car dealer has a lot of cheap cars for sale. You want to make sure that the car you’re getting isn’t going to break down in the first week.
Who was the previous owner?
This should also be followed up with the question, “How many previous owners were there?” Obviously, if the car is new, this question is irrelevant, but if you’re buying a used car, this is an important question to ask. You want to make sure that the car hasn’t had too many owners, particularly if the car is only 10 years old or less. It could mean that there are other underlying issues.
What’s the mileage like?
This is an important question, particularly with fuel prices on the increase. You should be checking to see how big the petrol tank is and how many litres of petrol it will hold. Then you’ll want to know how economical the car runs, i.e., how far a tank of fuel will go driving around town compared with driving on the highway. Is the car fuel injected; as this can make a difference in how economical the car will run?
Has the car been involved in an accident?
This question is important, particularly if the answer is yes. In fact, if you’re buying from a car dealership, this is something that they should be up front with you about. You shouldn’t have to ask this question. So if it doesn’t come up, make sure you ask it. Depending on the type of accident, it might not drive as well any more, which is why you should also take it for a test drive.
Can I take it for an independent inspection?
In most instances, a car dealer will allow you to do this. If a seller says no, then this is definitely not a car you want to purchase. There should be no reason for anyone to refuse an independent inspection of a car, particularly as you’re footing the bill.
Cheap cars are not always what they seem which is why, if you’re looking to buy cars, dealing with a reputable car dealer is your best option. Just as not all cars for sale and car dealerships are created equal – always make sure you’re dealing with reputable sellers, no matter what car you’re looking to buy.
Phil Gilbert Toyota is dedicated to serving our local and wider Sydney community for over 25 years. We have a large range of quality new and used Toyota cars available.
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