Purchasing A Second Hand Car: How to Choose The Right Dealer

Purchasing a car in the second hand car market has some hits and misses. If you are lucky enough, you get a perfectly working car without any serious problems popping out in the long run. If you are unlucky, you will end up getting a car that requires more time in the workshop than on the roads. By choosing the right dealer, your purchase of a second hand car will be a hassle free one.

Comparing between each dealer

There are tons of dealers out there in Canberra, selling second hand cars and providing the same service, but what makes them stand apart from each other? A reputable dealer might have some of these characteristics: a long standing history, a wide range of services offered, and even tie-ups with various famous organisations (such as Michelin, Toyota). A large inventory stock would also mean that the company is in a good financial position to hold the cars and allow their potential clients to have a variety of choices.

Ethical business practices

Ensure that you are approaching the right dealer by first knowing about their policies. For example, a dealer could offer you a six month warranty on the purchase of your car, to ensure that it is in good working condition. As an added measure, some would even allow you to take the car to a reputable workshop for an external inspection before purchasing, provided you have placed a deposit up front.

Checking the worthiness of a car

Purchasing a car with many mechanical problems can be a disaster for you. The monetary cost and loss of time sending it to the workshop to get it repaired can be a great burden for working adults. An initial test-drive of the car may not show any problems, but if the problem is not identified, it could appear within a few weeks or even months later. Some dealers may offer a 100-point mechanical inspection in order to assuage their client’s worries about purchasing a problematic car.

Financing options

A dealer that has been in the business for a long time understands the needs of different consumers. For example, in order to minimise the hassle of running to different places to get a car loan or an insurance policy, they will have everything under one roof in order to provide the best experience to the clients. While they may charge a little higher (or even lower in some cases) compared to the banks, it is worthwhile to note that there are less stringent requirements to borrow. If your credit score is not desirable (due to past debts), consider approaching a dealer who offers in-house loans.

In all, purchasing and sourcing for a second hand car can be a tiresome thing to do as it takes up quite a fair amount of time to do the necessary research before committing to a purchase. Putting that aside, always ensure that you are financially ready to own a car. Do consider the external expenses such as maintenance, gasoline, parking charges, parking fines, etc.