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5 Used Car Buying Common Mistakes
Since you are browsing through our list of used cars for sale in Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay, it's either you've already decided to buy a pre-owned unit or still deciding if it's really a better option than a brand-new one. Regardless, before opting for a second-hand vehicle, there are some things that you need to learn.
One of which, and probably the most important, is knowing and avoiding the most common mistakes used car buyers commit. This way, you will be assured that you end up purchasing a unit that is worth the money you spent. With that in mind, here are what we got from the experts, which are worth sharing:
1. Under-Estimating the Cost of Owning a Car
When you buy a second-hand vehicle, your main purpose is to save money since these units are far more affordable than new ones. However, you must keep in mind that owning a car is like having a child. You have things to spend, like maintenance, fuel, and registration, to keep it functioning well and make sure you're not apprehended. Thus, when you set your budget, you must also include overhead expenses.
2. Too Little Choices
The market for pre-owned vehicles for sale is so vast, no matter what brand and model you want or need. This is in some way beneficial since you, as a buyer, have a higher chance of finding the perfect fit for you. Unfortunately, some buyers do not take advantage of this. They only contact one or two sellers and decide as quickly as possible.
With that in mind, it is best to have at least three options, but the more choices, the better. In this way, you can find sellers with better offers, as well as a car that has better performance.
3. Going for the Car's Look
Driving and parking a great looking car, although it's pre-owned, gives you a good feeling. It is as if you have a brand-new vehicle! Do keep in mind though that “looks can be truly deceiving”. Some sellers will do everything just so the car they are selling will look good on the outside to cover up performance problems. Hence, make sure you don't get too excited when you see a great-looking used car.
4. Failing to Research
With a wide variety of car manufactures in the Philippines today, it is not surprising that most buyers consider purchasing cars made by popular brands. This is not really a problem since they've already proven their reputation. The problem is, not all models are great. Remember, you are buying a pre-owned unit, and sometimes, an older model.
Thus, research about the model. What were the problems? Are its parts still available? Those kinds of considerations.
5. Not Checking the Docs First
Whether you are planning to purchase a used car online or offline, it is always best to ask for the needed documents before meeting the seller. Call, text, or email the vendor and ask them to send a picture of the car's OR, CR, title, and the likes. Through this, you won't be wasting your time and effort in meeting the seller.
Buying a Car Takes Time and Patience
Of all the top five common mistakes of used car buyers discussed here on Philkotse.com, we can sum it all up to impatience. Therefore, to ensure you are purchasing a safe and reliable vehicle legally, you should allot enough time and patience.
We hope you buy the perfect car for you and your loved ones!