3 Issues To Avoid When Purchasing A Pre-Owned Car


Buying a used car can be a great investment. Unfortunately, it can also be a poor investment if you don't conduct the proper research or make a bad decision when it comes to purchasing or looking into buying a pre-owned vehicle. Luckily, you have this guide at your fingertips. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of a few issues to avoid when purchasing a pre-owned car.

Not Looking Into Frame and Structural Damage

Many people who are selling used vehicles refrain from reporting damage that has occurred to the frame or structure of the vehicle. Just because a car looks fine does not mean that it didn't once suffer from such damage or even doesn't continue to suffer from frame or structural damage. It is highly recommended that you consider investing in a report on the car to see if either of these forms of damage have befallen the vehicle in the past and the current owner has failed to report it.

Buying From A "Buy Here, Pay Here" Used Car Lot

Many car lots can net you a great deal on a structurally sound and aesthetically appealing vehicle. However, there are some forms of car lots that should be avoided at all cost. Car lots that are considered "buy here, pay here" should be avoided entirely. These types of car sale lots tend to take advantage of individuals with poor credit score and people believe that these are the only places where they can purchase a vehicle due to their credit score. There are often unfair agreements that salespersons from such lots trick people into committing to. Many of the vehicles in question may even be badly in need of repair.

Not Checking Odometer Rollback Fraud

Among the common types of fraud you will encounter, odometer fraud is one of the most prevalent. An odometer tracks the number of miles that the car has traveled. The number of miles will also give you a rough idea of how much wear and tear is present on the vehicle. Odometer fraud involves resetting or "rolling back" the number of miles that are on the vehicle. Not only can odometer fraud give you a false reading of how new the vehicle is, it is also very illegal. One of the tactics you can use to see if odometer fraud is a possibility is to check the spark plugs and wires under the hood of the vehicle. Generally speaking, these things need to be changed every 100,000 miles or so. If they look too new in correspondence with the mileage listed on the odometer, they might be trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

For more information, contact a company like Northlake Auto​.