Buying a new or used car has become a very simple task. In fact, all you have to do is jump online. However, despite the ease in sourcing cars, it’s become ever so important to ensure that you’re buying a car that will not fail on you within days and will actually last you a few years. You want to make sure that you get what you pay for.

There’s no worse feeling than realising you’ve bought a dud – you’ve been cheated, ripped off, maybe even openly lied to. Luckily, avoiding this scenario isn’t too difficult.

Here are some tips you should keep in mind when you buy a used car. 


Do a background check before you even inspect the car. This way, if something suspicious is revealed, you can discuss it with the owner beforehand and decide whether it’s still worth viewing. There are several websites that give you the opportunity to see a car’s service and registration history.

You could find out crucial information such as:

  • If the car has been stolen or reported in an accident
  • Market value
  • Any current finance
  • Potential odometer rollbacks
  • Current and valid registration
  • Price/Kilometre comparison against similar cars in the market


You should also check the car’s logbook to get accurate and first-hand evidence of its service history. If the car does not have a logbook or if it doesn’t seem to be up-to-date, then that’s a clear sign it might not be the right purchase for you.


Book an inspection on a clear day, because dark or wet conditions are misleading and make it easier to miss problems with the car.Also, don’t put the air conditioner on, it may hide certain noises you would otherwise not hear. You can even open the window to hear if there are odd noises.


Having someone go with you will allow for a second opinion and insight into potential problems that you might not necessarily see, especially if you’re being dazzled by the salesperson. This will also help when it comes time to negotiate.

Ideally, if you have a relative or friend that is a mechanic or has experience in cars, then you’ll be sure to know that their advice is accurate. They’ll be able to look and listen for things that just don’t seem right. It might even be worth paying for a mechanic to also inspect the car for peace of mind.


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