Thinking of buying a used car? If this is the first time you’re buying a car, there are certain things you need to know and understand. Even though it’s a used car, you still need to protect yourself and not get swindled by the seller. To avoid any pitfalls, here are the best reasons why you should check a car’s history before signing that check.
1. Checking Accident History
Don’t always assume that a private dealer or seller will tell you the truth. You need to watch your back, so find out about the car’s history and go in with this knowledge. A seller may deny that a car was involved in an accident or stolen. Since you know the truth, you can walk away from this particular situation.
Before you buy a car, you need to be sure that there is no lien on it. If you didn’t know about this and bought the car, and if the car has an outstanding lien, then you will have to pay off the balance. If you don’t, then the lender can repossess the car. Well, guess what? Now, you not only don’t have a car, but you’ve also lost the money that you paid for the car.
3. History Of Previous Owners
When buying a used car, it’s good for you to know about the history of previous owners. The fewer previous owners, the better, though you still need to be wary. In general, the fewer the number, you can assume that the car was treated nicely and maintained properly. Many owners could mean that there have been many issues with the car. Also, each driver is different and may have driven the car in all sorts of places causing corrosion.
4. Failing An Emissions Test
It’s important to check the car’s history to see if it passed an emissions test. Without the history, it’s almost impossible to tell. It will make you feel better if it passed its most recent emissions test. However, if it failed, then tread carefully. It could cost you a couple of thousand dollars (or possibly more) to get it to pass.
You can check a car’s history by checking its VIN (vehicle identification number). This will give you all the information you need to know. It’s important because this enables you to tell if someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Knowing all the critical information will help you make the right decision (to buy or walk away). It lets you know if you’re dealing with an honest person and gives you confidence when buying.