Skip to main content

Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car

4 May 2022 AutoMarket, Tips & Advice

When you consider price, technology, safety, make, model, and a slew of other distinguishing features, new cars offer plenty of variety. When you add in the chaos of previous ownership, buying a used car can be a very perplexing experience.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to buying a used car, there are a few things to keep in mind as you shop. We've prepared a list of the top things to look for when buying a used car to help you simplify your car shopping process.

Class of Used Car

This is usually the first and, thankfully, the easiest decision you'll have to make. Do you require a ute for work as well as the occasional camping trip? Would a small car be better for the daily commute to the city? Is your family in need of the space and security that an SUV provides?

It's important to remember that cars have very different lives depending on their class. Utes and SUVs are far more likely to have logged more miles and to have been used around more salt and sand. Hatches, on the other hand, may have lived in the city in a more sheltered environment.

Who are you buying from?

This is far more crucial than you may believe. The first conundrum is whether to purchase privately or through a dealer. Then there's the question of who the car's previous owners were.

Pros when buying a used car from a dealer:

There will be no unpleasant surprises. If your car's engine breaks down on the way home, you won't be the one to pay for it. When buying a used car from a dealership, you'll usually get a fair warranty, whereas when buying privately, you'll usually get no protection.

Options for financing. You can get a loan on your own if you want, but most dealers can help you with financing. Usually, you can trade in your old car, which isn't an option when purchasing a car privately.

Price increases. All this convenience and security has a natural consequence: prices rise. You'll always pay more if you buy from a dealer, so you must decide whether the added security is worth it.

It's important to know how to negotiate effectively regardless of who you're buying a car from.

Used Car Age

Cars ranging in age from 2 months to 20 years and more can be found at a used car dealership. You must first determine what is too old for you. Cars older than a certain year will be lacking in some luxury and safety features. You must decide whether you can live without them.

Wear and tear is expected with age. Regardless of how well the car was maintained by its previous owner, the overall condition of the car deteriorates over time and with continued use. Most of its parts will deteriorate in performance, power, and functionality over time.

Inspection and Test Drive

Having a professional mechanic inspect the used car you intend to purchase could be one of the best decisions you ever make. You'll need a professional to determine if the car is mechanically sound and to ensure there isn’t anything wrong with it that will cost you a fortune in the future.

Many cars may appeal to you visually, but a simple test drive may be all you need to see how they perform. When you test drive a used car, you'll be able to see if there are any major issues with the engine, lights, brakes, or other wear-and-tear items.

Locating a Reliable Dealership

Purchasing a used car from a reputable and trustworthy dealer is a great way to ensure that the vehicle is of high quality. It also means that your vehicle has been thoroughly inspected by professionals and, in most cases, comes with a warranty.

Customers who have purchased the best used cars from the dealership have helped to build Motor Matcher's reputation. The following are some of the advantages of buying a car from Motor Matcher:

  • Compare car features and benefits easily.

  • Save key car contenders to "favourites".

  • Transparency, uncomplicated pricing and no hidden fees.

  • Real time tracking of your listing.

  • Access car news and advice.

We wish you safe and enjoyable travels with your favourite wheels. Get the best deals on used cars for sale at Call us on +61 415 475 223 or contact us today!