4 Things to Check before Buying a Used Car

Although many people who buy used cars do so primarily because they can’t afford to buy new, there are actually many benefits to buying a used car over a new model. In addition to the fact that vehicles depreciate in value the moment they are driven off the lot, saving you money there instantly, you are also able to avoid the sales taxes applied to new cars, not to mention those often crazy dealer fees.

However, buying a secondhand car isn’t always straightforward and there are a number of things that you need to check beforehand. Additionally, if you don’t know much about cars or are buying your first one, bring someone along with you who knows a few things about cars and can help you to search for a suitable car with confidence.

There are many things to take into account with secondhand cars and having someone with you who can help you to understand what makes this one a better choice than that one can make a huge difference to the success of your car buying efforts when searching for used cars for sale in Canberra.

1. The car’s appearance inside and out

You can tell how well a car has been maintained and looked after by its appearance, so the first thing to do is check the car’s appearance inside and out. Additionally, the aesthetics of a vehicle play a large role in determining its value, so this is naturally a particularly important factor to pay attention to when buying a secondhand car.


2. The car’s VIN

The VIN – Vehicle Identification Number – must be checked before you buy any car, no matter who you are buying it from. There are a number of VIN scams to be aware of, like VIN cloning for example, but if you use an online service to check you can easily avoid these.

3.Vehicle history report

Get a copy of the vehicle’s history report so you know whether it’s been involved in an accident – some vehicles have actually been written off and resold – stolen, or has outstanding finance owed on it. Many people have been stung by failing to check the vehicle history report and have found, for instance, that they are now responsible for the outstanding car finance remaining.


When giving the car a test drive, be sure to check for leaks as any car that is leaking oil, water, or anything else is probably going to prove a poor choice. Park the car for a minute on a clean stretch of road, drive forward, get out and check for any leaking substances.

There are many things to check when buying a secondhand car, and not only what has been discussed above. To buy a secondhand car with confidence, you not only need to know what to look for in a reliable car, but also limit the cars you consider buying to those sold by reputable secondhand dealers as this significantly increases your chances of buying a reliable car.