Buying a used car can seem like a daunting task. If you’re currently in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, there are a few ways you can protect yourself from ending up with a “lemon.” Although you can get a lot of this information from the dealer, it may be beneficial to dig a little deeper and do some research of your own
1. Review Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report, or sometimes referred to as a VIN checker, is a document that details information about the history of a car. In order to obtain this report, you must have the vehicle’s VIN number. This report will be able to tell you about previous owners, if there are any liens on the vehicle, accident history and other valuable information.
2. Consider the Number of Owners
After you have obtained a copy of a Vehicle History Report, you should spend extra time reviewing the number of owners the car has had. Typically, the quality of a car goes down with each owner it has.
3. Theft and Accident Records
Both of these details can have a significant impact on a vehicle’s future performance. For example, if a car has ever been stolen, there is a chance that the parts have been tampered with or altered. In addition, if the car has been involved in a high number of accidents, you risk having to deal with improper repair work. A minor repair mistake could mean major issues for your car down the line.
Whether you buy new or used, there is always a risk involved. However, by educating yourself and reviewing reports before your purchase, you can save yourself from a future costly mistake.