Deciding to purchase a used car can be challenging. There is much more variation available and there isn’t an off the shelf version. With that being said, before you start physically shopping around, it is good to identify the parameters of what kind of vehicle you want, the required size, number of seats, and number of doors. The mileage on the vehicle and any necessary aspects – ranging from power steering to factory fitted alarms and immobilisers.
Once you have a clear idea of the type of car you’d prefer, it’s time to carry out some necessary research. This will give you an idea of how frequently available these vehicles are and also give you an idea of a budget range. From this point you have the ability to look at the financing options available to you. By doing this research early it gives you a rational base to negotiate from when you do find your perfect car.
Although a lot of people suggest that car servicing is something that is mandatory after you have purchased your car, it is our opinion that when possible you should get a certified mechanic to check over the vehicle before you purchase. A number of reputable companies offer onsite inspections targeted at these kinds of purchases. They can carry out an allover check of the vehicle and provide you with a full detailed report, giving you a purchase recommendation as well as total peace of mind.
Action the mechanic’s recommendations
The report carried out by the registered mechanic should provide you with detailed information on your vehicle at the time of its inspection. The report should outline things like the depth of the cars brake pad, the current condition of the tyres, and the tread. Whether any lights need to be changed. It is important to aim to action itemised issues of the report to prevent any unnecessary accidents and prevent further deterioration. Another important reason to action these points is to make sure the car is roadworthy and easily meets and passes road standards.
To legally drive your new used vehicle in Victoria you are required to register your vehicle and get a certificate of roadworthiness. This will require you to arrange an appointment and take your vehicle to the test location. Before you set off to the test location you need to make sure that the vehicle you are driving has a unregistered vehicle permit to allow you to temporarily drive your vehicle on the road.
Change the filters and the fluids
To improve the longevity of your new purchase, it is also a good idea to change the filters and fluids in your new vehicle. Clogged or dirty filters can slow down the speed in which air hits your engine and can reduce the performance of your car over time. Plus, flushing out the old fluid in your vehicle and replacing it regularly can also prevents wear and tear from occuring. There are a few fluids that you will want to keep and eye on moving forward and replace in the interim:
● Brake fluid
● Transmission fluid
● Radiator fluid
● Power steering fluid (for younger vehicles)
● Window washer fluid
It is important to note that in order to get the desired outcome you should also make sure that the replacement fluids are the correct type for your vehicle. Ways to prevent any slip ups from occurring is to consult the user manual (if it came with the vehicle) or check with a local auto mechanic or auto store. As the last thing you want is to cause potential damage by this type of mix up, rather than enjoying your new used vehicle.