Getting a new car can be exciting. However, ending up with a lemon is not. Whether you are purchasing an older vehicle or a newer vehicle, it is important to ask a number of questions beforehand. Moreover, there are a number of other things to consider as well, like whether or not the vehicle has been recently tuned up or has any newer parts. There might be the market value of a certain vehicle, but there could be a few problems with the potential to lower the car’s value significantly – there are also a few other scenarios that might result in the market value going up. Here are 5 things to consider when test driving a new or used car.
One of the most important considerations is the mileage of the car. The mileage of the car will you give you an idea of the vehicle’s true age. You might know that the car was manufactured in the year 2000, but if the mileage is above the average amount of miles people drive each year, the car might be deemed older than it is – and is thus, worth less than the market value.
Why the car is being sold. There are a number of reasons why you should always ask questions before you buy a car and one of the biggest reasons is suspicion that it might be a lemon. A person might be trying to sell the car because it doesn’t really work anymore. Not only that, but the car could be working fine, but sucking down gas. Moreover, don’t purchase a vehicle if you notice that the VIN, or vehicle identification number, has been filed down or is not visible – this is a sign that the car has been stolen.
Condition. A car is usually in one of four conditions: mint, excellent, good, or fair. It is important to know what condition it is in, because you want to get what you are paying for. You don’t want to purchase a vehicle that is in fair condition for the price of a vehicle that’s in good or excellent condition. Only some vehicles will be obvious when it comes to the overall condition – a bumper is missing, a tail light is gone, or it’s spewing black smoke. In fact, that kind of vehicle would fit into another category altogether: poor.
Another consideration is whether or not the vehicle has an immaculate history of all its repairs. It is important to know if the vehicle has new parts, like gaskets, tires, or even a new engine. For instance, if you are purchasing a vintage Jaguar F Type, you want to know which parts are original and which parts aren’t. An older car with too many newer parts is not worth as much money as one with its original parts.
Lastly, an important consideration is whether or not the buyer will allow you to get the car looked at by an independent mechanic. You want to have a trusted mechanic look over a vehicle – just so you don’t miss anything. You don’t want to get the keys to the vehicle and realize you just spent a fortune on a lemon.