Car makers have made great strides in improving the reliability of their cars. These days, it’s not unusual for cars to last well past the 100,000 mile mark. That durability makes buying a used car an appealing option for many people.
If you’re considering a used car, keep these points in mind:
1) Consider a certified vehicle. This means the dealer has put the car through a comprehensive mechanical and structural check. Some dealers will offer to repair a certified vehicle if problems occur soon after purchase.
2) Look for a vehicle history report. If you have the VIN of car, you can use online services to see if it was ever reported in an accident or had extensive repairs.
3) Get more than a test drive. Make sure you can have an independent mechanic check the car. If the seller resists this, there may be hidden problems with the car.
4) Beware of wear and tear. If the interior or body shows signs that the car was not cleaned or care for, it’s reasonable to assume that the previous owner might not have taken care of routine maintenance either.