How to Choose a Used Car

Determining which used car give you the most value for your money is often tricky. There are a number of factors to consider, such as durability and price. Use the guide below to find the right used car which fits your needs.

Determine your budget

Knowing your limit can help you create a list of vehicles within your price range. To know your budget, calculate your household’s total monthly expenses. This includes utility bills and groceries. Subtract these expenses from your monthly take home pay. Your budget should consist of about 20 to 30 per cent of what is left from your salary after expenses.

Know a car’s current market value

It is important to keep in mind the average market value of a car while browsing the used car market. Doing so can help you avoid paying more than something is worth. Knowing a used car’s average value can also help you gain an advantage when negotiating for its price.

Review a car’s history and safety report

Even if you find a great bargain in the used vehicle market, you do not want to purchase a stolen car or has an outstanding loan listed to it. If you are able to find a listing which interests you, ask the owner for the vehicle identification number or VIN first before inspecting the unit. The VIN allows you to obtain the car’s history reports through Carfax and AutoCheck.

Inspect the vehicle

If the VIN shows everything is fine with the car’s history report, check the car thoroughly for any possible problems. These include signs of leaks, rusting or damage within the interior as well as the exterior of the vehicle. If the seller is a private owner, consider having a mechanic inspect the car. They can find any issues which most owners may not be aware of.

Take the car out for a spin

Once everything checks out, the next step is test drive the vehicle to check its performance. Doing so allows you to feel the car’s handling, steering and braking capabilities. While driving, pay attention to car’s engine and if it produces odd noises.

Following these steps should help you find the right vehicle for your budget. When you are looking for a used Subaru, Hyundai, Mitsubishi or Holden car in Brisbane, Bartons has you covered. Browse through their dealership to find the right vehicle for your garage.

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