How to buy a used car?

Buying a car maybe a different priority for each and everyone of us depending on our choices, reasons for buying it, our budget and so on. Either way it is good to take a look at both the new and the used cars which can fit into the decided criteria. With the world having become a small place, you now have options to browse cars across the world. Here we will be discussing the important points to keep in mind as you go about buying a used car.

The most essential steps while buying a used car are as below:

  • Finding your dream car:

This step is all about research, research and research! Look for the cars you will be interested in, the ones that catch your eye, the cars whose features appear appealing to you and the ones which fit your budget as well.

Having outlined all the cars and the features you wish to have the next step now will we be to look for the buyers selling similar cars. Here you have multiple options like looking for ads in classifieds, Facebook groups, browsing through dealer websites or visiting ICAR since we are skilled car traders and have a huge variety of used cars to offer. What’s more is that the price we offer is always a catch!

In our opinion, getting a car from a dealer rather than an individual owner is always a better option because the dealership cars come with due car condition reports and servicing. This ensures all-round understanding of the car you are interested in.

  • Thorough research about the car:

After having figured out the cars you want to go ahead with, you need to ensure that you inspect them beforehand. For this you can either visit the venue or have a look at the car virtually. You need to take into consideration the following key car components and their condition:

  • Tyres:

This is the most essential check while buying a car. The tyres should be checked for the wear and tear, if they are original or have been replaces and whether the overall alignment of the tyres is proper. Those living in cold countries should look for winter tyres and if they are working well. This is because tyres can cost you a hefty sum.

  • Body:

Look for the colour and if it intact, if there is any physical damage, scratches and rust. These can be signs that the car has not been used properly or maybe damaged badly.

  • Suspension:

It’s always better to take a test drive on an uneven road to check if the car is making some uneven noise. If it does, you come to realise that there has been severe wear and tear.

  • Battery:

Check the condition of the battery since it is also very expensive to replace.

  • Mileage:

Check for the kilometres on your car because the more the kilometres the car has been run the more the risk of the quality of the car and higher will be the maintenance costs.

  • Related documents:

Ensure that the dealer or individual has all the required and related car documents mentioning the details about the car, car parts, servicing and other details like the number of owners, major accidents and so on.

  • Service history:

Ensure that the car has been serviced regularly by taking a look at the service history of the car.

  • Negotiating the price and finalizing it:

Once you have liked the car and decided to buy it, it is now time for you to negotiate upon the price. For this you have to prepare the critical points about the car on which the price can be negotiated. Good research can take you a long way.

  • Getting done with the owner transferring process:

The last step is to transfer the ownership and seal the deal. All over the world there are different processes to be followed for ownership transfer and hence you need to know the specific process of the country from which you are buying the car.

Buying a used car can be tricky but with proper guidance the process can be simplified. At ICAR, we welcome you to contact us for guidance or a chat about cars. We are passionate and veteran car traders and would love to advise you with all the knowledge we have!