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FAQs from Used Car Buyers

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FAQs from Used Car Buyers 

Purchasing a used car can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially if you’re navigating the process for the first time. To help you make an informed decision, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we get asked from our customers, along with detailed answers and tips. 

What should I consider before buying a used car?

Before purchasing a used car, consider the following: 

  • Budget: Determine how much you are willing to spend, including insurance and any protection services you desire such as window tinting or paint protection.
  • Research: Look into different makes and models that suit your needs. Check their reliability, fuel efficiency, and maintenance costs.
  • Vehicle History: Obtain a vehicle history report to check for any past accidents, ownership history, and service records. We provide a Car History Report for all our vehicles which can be found on the vehicle advertisement listed on our website.

What are the key things to inspect in a used car?

When inspecting a used car, pay attention to: 

  • Exterior and Interior Condition: Look for dents, scratches, rust, and the state of the paint. Inside, check for wear and tear on seats, dashboard, and controls. 
  • Tyres: Ensure they have even wear and sufficient tread. 
  • Engine and Transmission: Listen for unusual noises and check for fluid leaks. 
  • Test Drive: Evaluate the car’s performance, including acceleration, braking, and handling. 

Are there any warranties or guarantees with used cars?

Warranties on used cars can vary: 

  • Dealership Warranties: Often come with a statutory warranty if the car is below a certain age and mileage. 
  • Extended Warranties: Available for purchase, offering additional coverage for specific parts and repairs. 
  • Private Sales: Typically do not include any warranty, so the car is sold ‘as is’. 

How do I finance a used car purchase?

There are several financing options available: 

  • Bank Loans: Offer competitive interest rates, but require a good credit score. 
  • Dealer Financing: Most convenient option but may come with higher interest rates. 
  • Personal Loans: Can be used, but ensure you understand the terms and interest rates. 

What are the ongoing costs of owning a used car?

Consider the following ongoing costs: 

  • Fuel: Depending on the car’s fuel efficiency.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Older cars might require more frequent servicing and repairs.
  • Insurance: Premiums can vary based on the car’s make, model, age, and your driving history.
  • Registration: Annual or biannual fees depending on your state or territory.
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