Every time, it’s the same question that arises when you have to find a new vehicle quickly… How not to get ripped off? Are there any tips to avoid the wrong purchase? Fortunately, yes. When it comes to opportunity, excessive caution always pays off.
Let’s be honest about it. Today, it is still as difficult to buy a used car when you don’t have the necessary mechanical skills. As is the case with many people, mistrust must always be present when visiting a salesperson. Indeed, some do not hesitate to present you with a vehicle that looks normal but is in fact damaged, without of course having specified it. A problem that can be expensive for you because you will have to pay for the repairs.
What are the rules to know?
First of all, you should know that the warranty for a used car is always one year free. If a seller tells you that the car is on deposit and you have to pay 500 euros to get a guarantee, there is a problem. Then, concerning the vehicle, get as much information as you can… Certificate of conformity, maintenance logbook, number of previous owners, that’s for the administrative aspect.
On the technical side, check the wear and tear on the steering wheel to see if it corresponds to the number of kilometres you are told. Another rule to remember is that a vehicle that is more than ten years old is still an old vehicle, even if it has 20,000 kilometres on the meter, so be careful to keep your eyes open and check if everything you are shown corresponds to what you are told. Because you are told things… or not!
What about diesel?
Concerning diesel, there are no warnings about future bans, and the sellers immediately offer you diesel fuel, saying that if you drive a lot of kilometres, it is the best solution. Yes, but this argument was valid before… Here, with the bans and taxes related to the pollution caused by your vehicle, you have every interest in buying a recent gasoline.
Moreover, last year, it saw a peak in sales: more than 6% more than in 2016… Proof that opportunities with diesel are currently more ignored.