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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Car

So it’s time for you to get behind the wheel of a new-to-you vehicle. For many of us, buying a brand new vehicle is not in our budget; therefore, buying a used car is the next best thing and can even be more ideal than buying new if you’re looking to get the best possible value. Here are six questions to ask before purchasing a used car.

A woman inspecting asking questions about a luxury used car before buying

1. How Will it Affect My Car Insurance?

First, do your research. Learn about your auto insurance coverage and the different rates for different models. Ask yourself, “how would this car impact my car insurance premiums?”

2. Where is the Title?

Second, ask the seller or dealership if they have the title in hand. Some private sellers may not have the title for the vehicle available at the time of purchase. Never purchase a car without getting the title.

3. Can I Take it to A Mechanic?

Third, ask if you can take the vehicle to your go-to mechanic for an inspection. When buying used, you want a professional opinion to be sure the vehicle you’re buying is trustworthy.

4. Can I Have A Copy of the Vehicle History Report?

Next, ask for the vehicle history report. If the seller or car dealer doesn’t have one, you can ask for the vehicle’s identification number (VIN) and perform your own research online.

5. Has the Car Been in An Accident?

After you’ve reviewed the VIN, you may notice the vehicle has been in an accident. Even if the car history report doesn’t report an accident, you still want to ask the car dealer about any accidents to gain a stronger understanding of the vehicle’s history and to know what you’re getting into.

6. Are There Any Mechanical Problems?

In addition to learning about any potential accident history, you also want to ask about any mechanical problems. Inspect the engine for leaks or strange smells. If something seems off, ask for a professional opinion or seek a different vehicle.

Shop Greatneck Motorsports

Asking these questions can help you get behind the wheel of a reliable vehicle. If you’re searching for a used car, end your search at Greatneck Motorsports. Find us at 300 Great Neck Rd. in Great Neck, NY. We can also be reached by phone at 516-590-3580 if you would like to speak to one of our sales professionals about our inventory or current car finance deals.

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