Best Questions to Ask Before Buying a Car
Getting a good deal when buying a car is so much more than just getting a good price – especially when it comes to a used car. For starters, it’s important for prospective buyers to know exactly what they’re negotiating. The best way to handle a car-buying experience is to know what questions to ask beforehand. Here are our tips on what questions to ask for the most straightforward car-buying experience. Readers should keep in mind that not all questions are applicable to every situation, while some depend entirely on the type of vehicle – i.e. SUV, sports car, sedan, etc.
There are two different series of questions that potential buyers should be asking – questions that request specific information and red-flag seeking questions. Questions that seek specific information will help buyers narrow down if this really is the right vehicle for them, while red-flag seeking questions might expose some issues the buyer is neither willing nor prepared to handle.
Specific Information Questions:
- Is this vehicle’s maintenance record available?
- How many previous owners has this car had?
- Is there such a thing as a return policy or repairs policy if I discover anything wrong with the car after purchasing it?
- Can I have a mechanic take a look at the car?
Red-Flag Seeking Questions:
- Is this car still under warranty?
- How many miles are on the car?
- Are there any outstanding recalls on the car?
- If so, have the recalls been addressed?
- Does the car have a clear title?
These questions are intended to help car buyers dig past a shiny car exterior and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Who knew that asking these questions have the ability to open up such a large conversation about a vehicle? Regardless of how the conversation goes, one thing is certain – the road to satisfactory car-buying is paved with curiosity.
Asking the right questions will even help prospective buyers plan for their future – they’ll be able to foresee what kind of maintenance and care will look like before driving off the lot! The last thing anyone needs is a shiny new car that’ll cost a bunch of money to fix, souring the whole experience.
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