When buying a car, finding one that suits your needs can be half the battle, but once you find one you’re keen to, making sure it passes the test can mean the difference between avoiding a disaster or being stuck with a lemon. Getting a vehicle history report, getting an expert second opinion, by a Chevy service center or one equal for the brand at hand, and taking the car for a test drive can help you avoid buying a dud.
Get a Vehicle History Report
Vehicle history reports are fast becoming the consumer’s best protection from buying a lemon. Vehicle history reports are in-depth reports on a pre-owned vehicle, listing everything from accident reports to service and maintenance records. These can reveal problems that may not be apparent at first or even second glances of the vehicle in question. Most reputable dealers will offer you the vehicle history report, but if they do not, consider ordering one from an online service. CarFax is a popular service that deals exclusively with providing consumers with vehicle history reports.
Get a Second Opinion
When buying a car, it’s usually a good idea to rely on more than the opinions of yourself and the salesman involved. If you can, have a friend come out with you to take a look at the car; have a list of questions for both of you to ask. This way, if you forget any, they can back you up. If possible, have a talk with a local service center about the car. If you are looking at a Chevy, talk with someone at a Chevy service center or a local mechanic that specializes in the brand. They know the ins and outs of the car and can tell you how it matches up with similar models.
Take it For a Test Drive
It’s not wise to buy clothes before trying them on. Likewise, it would be foolish to buy a car without getting behind the wheel and taking the car for a test drive. Before you purchase the car, it’s wise to know the car from top to bottom. For example, you may not think to check the air conditioning if you are looking to buy during the winter months, but you’ll be glad you did if you find out that the air conditioner doesn’t work. You should know whether the car drifts to the right, whether it’s right turn signal doesn’t work, or even if the wiper blades or shot. The more information you know about the car, the fewer surprises you’ll have if you decide to buy it.
If the car passes all your tests, and you purchase it, you should rest easier knowing that you did your homework and put the vehicle through the gauntlet. It’s better to know it’s quirks before you buy it than after.
Andrew has always been into cars and new technology. He always enjoys sharing information with others who share the passion.