If you have ever purchased a brand new car then you know just how great a vehicle buying experience can be. Whether it’s free food, crazy discounts, or even free gas for a year, dealers are throwing themselves and their offers at you to sell you a new car.

If you have ever purchased a used car, however, then you also know that the experience is vastly different.

To help you out with the letter, below are some great questions to ask when buying a used car.

Do You Need It?

The first thing that you need to ask yourself is whether or not you genuinely need another vehicle. There is a range of options available such as carpooling, ride-sharing, and even (gasp!) public transport!

With these options in mind, the first question you should ask is yourself on whether or not you actually need to lay down your hard-earned cash for a vehicle.

If You Really Need It

If you have given it serious thought and you are sure that you need a vehicle, be sure that your next question is to the dealer about the previous owner of the car.

This is one of the best ways to get a solid understanding of how the vehicle was used and what condition you can expect it to be in under the hood.

For example, if the dealer tells you that the previous owner was a person or a couple who just used the vehicle has been used for little more than short trips to complete grocery shopping or to visit the local post office to pick up packages after taking advantage of a brownells coupon on Groupon Coupons then the outlook is good for the vehicle condition.

On the flip side, if you are told that the vehicle was previously owned by a teenager who was trying to learn how to drive a stick-shift, then it could be fair to assume that the vehicle will need some work in the future.

Whatever the answer, be sure to put yourself in the shoes of the previous owner and give real thought to how you/they would have treated the vehicle you are considering buying.

Was the Vehicle Taken Care Of?

Once you know who previously drove the vehicle it’s time to ask about how well it was maintained. After all, an elderly couple who rarely use their vehicle may be less inclined to provide regular maintenance to the engine, leaving you with a vehicle which, when taken to a mechanic, will need so much work done that it would be worth buying another vehicle.

The best place to get this information is to ask for the log book. This is the book which a mechanic writes all the work they complete on the vehicle, including the type of products which were used during each maintenance visit.

When you are inspecting this information, be sure to pay close attention to the quality of products used. If all of the products used are on the cheaper end of the scale then it can give you an idea as to how well the vehicle was maintained and cared for.

Buying a used car will never be a seamless experience but this doesn’t mean that it has to be a horrible one. Keep this article in mind when you are heading to the used-car lot to help you find a great deal on a well-maintained vehicle.

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