Buying your new car is a very crucial decision, especially if you have no experience or less experience in this sector. There are many crucial factors that to be considered well before buying your car. Here I will highlight some common questions which you should ask before buying a car.
It is important to have a checklist before buying a new car. A checklist keeps you informed about the caliber of the car and determines its worth in your eyes.
Following questions are highly recommended to be asked before buying a car.
Why are you selling the car?
How long has it been since you came in the business of selling cars? (asking a dealer)
How many years has it been since the arrival of a specific model with respect to the current year?
Is the car trunk spacious?
What faults are present inside the car?
Why is the price so high?
Why is the price low, as compared to other models?
Has the car been insured?
What is the ownership history?
Has the car ever been painted?
What is the color of the car? (Colors such as red, yellow and bright green have low resale value)
Can you decrease the price of the car?
What have major modifications were made to the car in the past years?
Does the car come with plain tires or tubeless tires?
Is the car equipped with alloy rims?
How is the condition offenders? Are they welded or bolted?
Does the bonnet feel okay?
How are the mudguards?
Do you get any free accessory with the car, such as a toolbox, jack, and Stepney?
Has the car ever been in an accident? If yes, how many times and what parts have been damaged?
What is the mileage of the car? How many miles has it been driven?
What is the fuel efficiency (per liter) of the car?
What is the report from Carfax? Is it clean?
How do the lights work?
Are the engine cables and radiator (hoses under the hood) firm and tight?
Are catalytic converters and exhaust system intact?
How is the car steering?
Do car vipers work?
Has the car passed safety and emissions?
Does thick smoke blow out of the car exhaust?
How many keys and remotes come with the car?
Are the service records of the car available?
Are there any black spots near the exhaust pipe?
Does it appear that the car is showing leakage under its body?
Do all the windows work?
Do all the doors lock and unlock normally?
Does the speedometer work fine?
Is the internal car roof spotless?
Are there signs of torn seat covers?
Is the dashboard intact?
What is the condition of tires? Do they appear new or have they gone ‘bald’ due to their excessive usage?
Do the internal components such as a cigarette lighter and cup holder work fine?
How do you perceive the quality of sound stereo?
How is the condition of the front, rear and window glass? Does it have cracks or is it spotless?
Do indicators, turn signals and cruise control work in their optimum functionality?
How is the working of heating and chilling units inside the car? (Heater and AC)
Are there any hidden dealer or documented fee before I get to deal with the car negotiation?
Shovon Joarder, the founder of Freelancers Hub is a freelance SEO expert provides professional SEO and digital marketing services to different small business website and eCommerce site owners. For content based marketing, he researches over different niches to write contents. This article is written for a new and used car marketplace online in the Philippines.