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When you want to replace your car, the simple pleasure of "getting a new car" sometimes obscures some basic criteria of choice. And the euphoria of departure may give way to disappointment after a few weeks of use. A car that does not meet its needs, missing documents or expensive maintenance can quickly come to "spoil the party". Here are 10 tips for making a successful purchase.

1 - Defining your budget

The question of the budget must be adopt for a vehicle that will not ruin your budget, especially if one is in household and that one has already children (or to come), under penalty of having to resell it quickly.

2 - How to choose your model?

To choose the right model is to choose the one that corresponds to your needs, your budget, your family expenses. Buying a used car on a "whim" is not really the best solution, even if the temptation is sometimes strong. "Smaller riders" will have more interest in switching to a gasoline rather than diesel model because of higher purchase and maintenance costs.

A compact sedan is likely to be a little bit right for a family with children, while a large SUV is not necessarily the best choice for a single person. In short, do not "crack" on the first model, think, and define your budget without forgetting to integrate the costs of use. Choose the reason to make the most of your purchase.

3 - Do I have to opt for a particular or professional seller?

The question is relevant because both solutions have advantages and disadvantages. The dealers review their cars before selling them and usually offers a guarantee. But the desire to achieve certain objectives can sometimes encourage him to offer a vehicle that does not necessarily correspond to your needs.

Most of the time, individuals offer lower fare vehicles, but there is no guarantee and scams are not excluded. The state of maintenance must be checked (maintenance book or invoices) imperatively. In terms of price, it is usually possible to negotiate with an individual, especially for vehicles difficult to resell.

4 - What questions should I ask the seller when buying a used car?

The more questions you ask, the more you'll know about the owner and the vehicle he or she offers. A salesman avoiding certain subjects may have something to reproach himself with . Ask a maximum of questions about the origin, maintenance, the number of owners, the replacement of certain parts like the timing belt (budget), or the reason for the sale. A maximum of information will motivate or not your purchase.

5 - Is leasing a possible alternative?

The leasing or rental is very fashionable in recent years and gaining ground on the traditional sale. Leasing allows you to drive in a new or recent car while benefiting from monthly payments lower than those of conventional credit.

Leasing is a real alternative since it allows to "afford" a car for which we would not necessarily have had the budget in case of conventional purchase.

6 - What documents does the seller have to provide me?

If you buy a used vehicle, certain mandatory documents must be given to you to validate the sale and to constitute your file of request of new gray card :

The transaction can be done either online or on paper. Usually, the rego papers are used for this purpose but if the seller doesn’t have them, a piece of paper can be used to put the required information such as information of buyer and the seller, vehicle information such mode, make, VIN number, rego number plate and etc.

7 - What are the points to check?

Before buying a used car, it must be inspected externally and must be tested.

  • Outside

Visually inspect the bodywork, check the condition of the paint (differences in colour), the assemblies (damaged vehicle), the condition of the glazings and optics. Remember to check the condition of the tires and make sure they are identical on each axle.

  • Driving

The general condition of the cabin will give a first impression. Inspect the condition of the upholstery (stains, tears), the wear of the steering wheel and pedals (high wear often indicates high mileage). Test the operation of the comfort elements (car radio, air conditioning, electric windows, etc.).

Good to know: take a look at the meter

Do not forget to compare the meter mileage with the seller's claims. Also, compare it with the logbook and maintenance bills.

8 - On which type of road should I try the vehicle?

It is imperative to test a vehicle on all types of roads to test its reactions during acceleration, braking, as well as its behaviour at high speed. Listen to the engine, test the direction, go through all the gears and ask as many questions as possible in case of suspicious noise. If the seller refuses, simply do not buy the vehicle.

9 - Is the payment of a deposit mandatory?

Nothing obliges a buyer to pay a deposit for a used car. In the absence of specific mention, sums paid in advance are considered as a deposit (Consumer Code). Generally, a professional will ask for a deposit of 10% of the total amount to be paid, which will incur the parties.

10 - When do I have to insure my car?

Third-party insurance is mandatory in Australia which is done when getting your car registered. If the car had registration and third party insurance when you bought it, you can worry about when they expire.

If you are looking to get a new car in Central Coast but don’t have the cash for it, you can sell your car for cash at a car removal service such as Central Coast Car Removal. Getting cash for your car in Central Coast will help you save for your next car.

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