If you've just graduated from college and are ready to change the world, the first thing that you need to do before you set out on your conquest is to buy a set of wheels. You may find that money is a little tight these days and that is understandable, so you may be in the market to buy a pre-owned car instead. What are some of the key things to remember before you head to your local dealer's yard?
Getting Good Value
In many cases, you can get a significant bargain when you buy used instead of new. A lot of the value in any car disappears when it is first driven off a new vehicle forecourt, of course, so somebody else will have endured that pain before you. You will find that you can get some nice upgrades if you buy carefully and kit yourself out with a car that is very well appointed. Even though safety may not be at the top of your list, try to get a vehicle with anti-lock braking systems and safety air bags, as you never know what will happen down the road.
Getting the Right Vehicle
By all means, narrow down your choice before you even set out to take a look. Consider your needs very carefully so that you don't buy the wrong "type" of vehicle without proper planning. If you are flying solo, then you probably won't need a full-size SUV, but if you're thinking about starting a musical group of some kind then a truck may not be the best bet when it comes to transporting your gear.
You should also think ahead to when you're going to sell this vehicle and upgrade to something better. While you may like to stand out in a crowd, this doesn't mean that your car should as well. The majority of vehicles on the road have a relatively neutral hue, so you may find it difficult to get rid of that shocking pink bug in the future.
What's on the Clock?
Pay particular attention to the number of kilometres on the clock. While a car that's more than 10 years old may have a sizeable number on the odometer, make sure that you divide it by the average number in the Australian market (about 15,000 per year) to see if it's reasonable in that case. Also, ensure that you get a service logbook with the vehicle and check to see that it has been presented for those crucial service appointments on time.
Buying from a Dealer
Whenever you buy a used car from a dealer you are likely to get a warranty of some kind and can be sure that it has been checked before being made available for sale. Take your time to get the perfect set of wheels in your case, so that your quest to make a difference in the world can move ahead with a vengeance!