Buying a used car can be a stressful undertaking but, with the right dealer and some simple signs to guide you, it's a great way of getting a great drive at a sensible price.
Though you’ll need to do your due diligence when making the rounds of the latest models, the signs you should be looking out for are largely a matter of common sense. Let’s help you navigate the maze by stepping through seven of the big ones!
1. The Paperwork Is Perfect
No matter how attractive an offer on a second-hand car might look, all those potential savings are in vain if the documentation doesn’t add up. Luckily, that isn’t an area you’ll have to worry about when being a licensed dealer such as Terry Shields Toyota – we make sure that all paperwork is in order, and that there’s no money owing on the vehicle.
If you do find yourself exploring a private sale, you’ll need to review the pink and green slips yourself and check the Register of Encumbered Vehicles (REVS) to make sure the vehicle is debt free. You’ll also want to examine the current certificate of registration.
2. The Mileage Story Checks Out
You need to be absolutely certain that the story you’re being told about the car’s previous use is an accurate one, so it’s crucial that the mileage story checks out. A quality used car should have an unimpeachable odometer with service records to match.
3. Everything's In Order Under the Hood
Buying a car without popping the hood to perform a complete inspection for yourself is asking for trouble. Any quality second-hand vehicle should be absolutely spotless under the hood, with no visible signs of leaks or corrosion on the engine or signs of rust and further wear and tear.
4. There Are No Suspicions About Safety
Safety is obviously a paramount concern for all drivers, and you should expect your second-hand vehicle to pretty much match the standards of a new model in core respects. A candidate for your cash should have tires in excellent condition, and essentials such as airbags, seatbelts, lights and windscreen wipers all in perfect working order.
5. It Keeps Its Shine When You Get Up Close and Personal
Excellent second-hand vehicles don’t just look great from a distance, they also keep their sparkle when you get right up close and personal. A thorough inspection of the exterior and interior should reveal no significant inconsistencies or signs of damage.
6. It Feels Right When You Take It Out for a Spin
Though it’s often love at first sight with a used model, the real romance comes when you get behind the wheel. Any used car worth its salt should perform superbly when you take it out for a spin and actually put it through its paces. Obvious things to look out for here are brakes, warning lights, general handling, and the absence of any mysterious noises.
7. It's Backed By a Brand You Can Trust
One of the many huge advantages of going with a licensed Toyota Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle dealer such as ourselves is that all the options you’ll be picking from are backed by a brand you can trust, and have already been comprehensively checked by our expert team of technicians.
Rather than having to worry unduly about any of the points we’ve listed above, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that a professional has already thoroughly vetted the vehicle and made sure it matches the standards that drivers rightfully expect from a Toyota.
If you’re looking for a great deal on a range of impressive used Toyotas, get in touch with our team today, or come straight to the showrooms to explore your options in person!