Finding and purchasing a used car that is in a good condition can seem impossible especially with all these private sellers who make their cars seem like they’re in good condition but turn out to be on the verge of breaking down.  However, it doesn’t need to be a difficult task and there are many used cars in South Africa which are available that are in fantastic condition. Read these four tips down below which will help you and give you an idea of what to look for when purchasing a second-hand vehicle. 

Have a car budget 

When planning on purchasing a car, it is crucial that you have a budget and know the amount you’re willing to spend on a vehicle. You need to have an estimated cost of everything. If you’re planning on seeking financing then you need to ensure that you follow all the steps to getting financed.   Those steps include having a good credit history, having a deposit, and more importantly knowing your affordability. All these aspects will work in your favour when you’re applying for a loan.  If you’re interested in buying a used car and getting finance for it you need to ensure that you meet the requirements. Before you make an offer to a seller you need to be certain that you are pre-approved for your loan amount. By doing that you will have an idea of what your budget is and you can find vehicles within that budget frame.

Look around

The next thing would be to shop around to see which vehicle is right for you. You can always decide between a car dealership and a private seller. There are pros and cons for both sides and you need to find one which will be ideal for you.   If you’re looking for a deal on a good second-hand car then you should look around. Prices may vary from shop to shop, this is why it is so important that you don’t just take the first offer which comes your way. Always try to negotiate an offer, and remember that there is nothing wrong with trying. 

Take the vehicle for a test drive 

Whenever you purchase a second-hand vehicle you need to take the vehicle for a drive. Although you aren’t a mechanic and you won’t be able to see everything that might be wrong about the second-hand car but taking it for a drive can give you much-needed information.  If the vehicle has trouble starting or makes weird sounds when in use that is normally a bad sign. When taking a vehicle out for a test drive you should always switch off the radio or music that's playing so that you can listen for any telltale signs. This is one of the most valuable tips in a used car buying guide because if you don’t drive the car you never know what you’re getting yourself into. While taking the vehicle for a ride you should also check to see if there is any wear and tear on the car both in the exterior and interior.  Although you might not see and know the exact condition of the vehicle, at least now you have a better idea of where your money is going and if it's worth it. If you’re not quite convinced then bring along a mechanic you know or someone who is familiar with cars. That way you have an extra pair of eyes that will do a better job than you. 

Look into the car history 

It is crucial that you look at the vehicles service history one of the main reasons for a service history is to give you an idea where the vehicle has been. The vehicles history report will tell you of any repairs and whether it has been frequently services.  If the seller tells you that they misplaced the service history, that should be a telltale sign and it would be best to leave the car. It's never a good idea to purchase a good that doesn’t have a documented footprint because you never know what you’re signing yourself up for and you don’t want to end up with a car that breaks down every month. 

Wrapping it up!

Finding a good quality second-hand car is easier and if you follow these simple step, you should find a good vehicle. You should always remember to follow your instincts if something seems off or feels wrong then don’t take it. You’re paying a lot of money and are seeking out finance so you need to be sure of the vehicle you’re purchasing. Many people often get scammed because they try to find the sweetest deal. But you should always remember that if it’s too good to be true it usually is.