Used Car Newbie
February 22, 2011 10:05 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in a used car I saw on the side of the road, and I have a test drive scheduled this afternoon. If I decide to go through with it, this will be my first time buying a used car from a private seller that wasn't a friend or family member. What should I know, ask, or do to protect myself and get the information I need?
posted by Willie0248 to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So yeah, first time used car buyer. Well, at least it's the first time I didn't know the history of the car. Obviously I should get the VIN and get a Carfax report, but what else should I do?
From previous posts, I keep reading that I should have it checked out by an independent mechanic, but how does one go about doing so? Do I just ask if I can drive it away for a couple days?
If the seller discloses a minor mechanical problem, do I make an offer based on "good" condition minus the cost of the repair, or go ahead and offer "fair" condition value?
Is it kosher to ask for a bill of sale that has some protection for me in it? Something like "if any undisclosed mechanical defects are found within 30 days, something something"?
This is all very confusing and I don't want to end up with a lemon! There are a few recent posts about buying a used car but they didn't address the questions above. Help me Hive Mind!