buying a used car can be a stressful activity, especially if you don't know what you're getting into. To help make sure that you're getting a reasonable deal on a decent vehicle here are a few questions to ask when buying a used car.
Some questions can be asked over the phone before ever seeing the car in person, including things like the asking price and mileage. You can also ask the seller to describe the condition of the car. When you later see the vehicle you can compare this description with its actual state in order to help judge the seller's honesty.
Questions to ask when you're looking at a used car should include asking if it has ever been in an accident or had any bodywork performed on it. Cars that have been repaired after a collision can be prone to electrical and mechanical problems and bodywork that has not been done well can lead to paint and rust issues. Ask if anything on the car has been repaired recently and if there are any repairs or expensive maintenance items that will need to be done in the future. Cars are often sold because something expensive is about to need replacement. Ask if the service records are available to confirm that regular maintenance has been performed.