Tips for buying a used car

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Everyone arrives at the time and either by need or by a kind of taste, we decided to buy a car with the savings we have had. Now, also for adjusting to our needs, we decided to buy a used car and an idea turns us in the head, how do I know that I am buying the ideal car?

It is normal that when you buy a car that had an owner before, chances are you can imagine yourself from a curse of someone who died in that car, even faults that could cause a road accident.

The first is more a fiction than reality, but the second is something that you should definitely take care of before buying a used car.

Therefore, in the following article we give you the best tips before buying a used car, remember that not only is it an acquisition like the one you go and do in the grocery store but rather something much more complex. When you buy a car, although used, you are forming part of your estate.

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Start by choosing a vehicle

Before taking the big decision to buy the used vehicle, identify what you want for it, whether it is for you or your children, if you want to use it to carry such or such things, or if you simply want to do short trips or end-of-life trips of week

Becoming a used car may be the equivalent of not having the car you want, but you need what you need and that is why it is so important that you find it useful.

Now, you should be aware that the car you buy can be very expensive if it is of high rating, or low cost if it is of low rating.

You can always save a lot of money and not affect your gold mine (your savings) if you are willing to accept one or two defects that are not visible and that do not affect the proper functioning of the car.

Before choosing, choose the manufacturer, the brand and the model of the vehicle very well. Get rid of ideas that precede you as such brand is better than the other. Although the quality of certain vehicles over others may be true, the reality is that if the manufacturers did not commit to doing them well, they would not sell them.

When you buy a used car rather you have to worry about the history of it, which we will discuss later.

When choosing the brand and model, make sure of what the original equipment was. Investigate how seats were seen in the original version and what features the stereo had if it was originally.

This ensures that, if the car maintains its original components, it is most likely that it is well-taken care of and that it has not been tight beforehand. Identified and selected components you can start the search to buy:


  • Follow your needs and not your whims
  • Know the different versions of the brand and model chosen
  • Know the restrictions on the circulation by the model of the car
  • Choose a color that you like

Know the legal part

<strong>Know the legal part</strong>

You have already chosen the ideal vehicle and found it through an advertisement in the network: are you going to buy it just like that? No! You have to check many things before buying and the recommendation is that you start by the legal part.

Plate with the owner of the car for the first delivery of the car documents to verify that it is in order. You must verify that the car does not have fines, due to holdings, how many owners have had and if you have a report of theft.

In Mexico, it is easy to know this information when entering the portals of the financial organs of the states of the Republic. It is enough that you enter the number of badges to know fines or owed in the payment of holdings.

In addition, you can check the Public Vehicle Registry to find out about the car’s situation. Just enter the number of plates, the Vehicle Identification Number or the Registration Number of the Record, information that you can obtain from the seller.

Avoid coyotes

<strong>Avoid coyotes</strong>

If you decide to buy your car in an automobile market, you must be very careful with the coyotes, sellers who offer you a car that is apparently in perfect condition, but that actually saves damage that is not visible in different parts of the engine.

The coyotes are not only in the car markets, they are the same people that in government offices offer you to speed up a process for remuneration in return, but their work is illegitimate and can hurt both your paperwork and the sale of a car.

Generally, these people are looking for you just to get to the car tianguis, they will ask if you buy or sell and if you show disinterest, they will insist until you pay attention to them. The recommendation in this case is that you do not be fooled.

The coyotes will try to “make up” the car to make it appear impeccable, and if it has a flaw, they will tell you that it will be fixed with a simple adjustment. The recommendation is that if you go to a tianguis you require every detail of the car in question.

Or you can buy your car with a private individual or in a semi-car rental agency that gives you a written guarantee of the good condition of the vehicle.

In fact, in our country there is the National Association of Dealers in Automobiles and New and Used Trucks, AC (ANCA) which are affiliated with different sellers of semi-new cars .

A detailed review

From things like the state of the paint and the clothes, to details in brakes, tires and in the engine, you must make a detailed inspection of the general condition of the vehicle. The recommendation is to do it in the light of day.

Also, start to verify that the car is not disassembled, which occurs when a strong coupling discourages and differentiates the spaces between the fascia and the splinters. When you notice something like that, it is an unequivocal proof that the car has a repair that straightened the impact of the blow.

Look inside the engine and check that it is free of rust, without dirt and with all the cables in order. Check the oil status that the car currently has and if the distribution bands look good.

If the engine has a yellowish color, it is said that it is possible that at some time it has been overheated and as a result, it has been deflected. Check that the hoses are firm, that the battery has changed not long ago, or if it crashes, check that there is no leakage in the water and antifreeze tanks.

Finally, Czech that the spark plugs do not overheat and that there are no cables peeled or sealed with insulating tape. Some people say that if the area of ​​the radiator is sulphated, it is a sign that the vehicle was damaged so you can negotiate the price.

Check electrical functions

When you are looking at the car you are going to buy, check that electric glasses work, which both lights and skulls and directionals light up according to their function. That the speeds are not damaged and that both the air conditioner and the windshield wiper work properly.

Also, look at everything in the board that works correctly from the gasoline indicator, up to the speedometer, the temperature indicator and the mileage.

Check mileage

<strong>Check mileage</strong>

Although the recommendation to buy a used vehicle is that its mileage does not exceed 50 thousand kilometers, few people put a car for sale with that mileage. Ideally you find a car that has only traveled between 60 thousand and 90 thousand kilometers.

Remember that when the car has completed its first hundred thousand kilometers, the corresponding services must be carried out to maintain the engine in optimal conditions. Some dishonest sellers can alter the mileage so it better check the model of the car, the invoice is the original, and check the engine well.

It has a budget

<strong>It has a budget</strong>

In addition to having chosen the right car you have to have a budget in which you contemplate, in the short term, the purchase of the vehicle and the payment of procedures to renew the circulation card.

In addition, you should keep in mind that in the long run, having a car is the equivalent to paying tenure, performing vehicle checks as the case may be, making you responsible for fines and contemplating the payment of insurance.

If the initial investment to buy the car was very strong, ask for a loan to support you to continue resolving your other financial commitments. You can do it on a Sofome that delivers special credits with direct debit and thought especially according to your work sector.

Accelerate, brake and please avoid using the horn!

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