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Reasons To Ensure A Used Vehicle Has Complete Services History

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

There is so much to think about when considering the purchase of used cars for sale. One major consideration is the treatment of the car by the previous owner. One can get some idea of this by looking at the wear on the interior or the number of small dents on the body, bumpers, or moldings. In addition, it is important to ask to see the service or repair history for the vehicle. These might be in the vehicle, or they might be obtained from an electronic database using the vehicle identification number. Either way, these records are very important in making the decision of whether or not to buy.

Service history can give an indication of driving habits. Many drivers are bad drivers. Back habits of such drivers include frequent, rapid acceleration; riding of the clutch in a manual transmission vehicle; fast turns; and frequent slamming on the brakes. Each of these result in more wear on many parts of the cars for sales.

Lot of cars get in small accidents and then are repaired. Some repaired dents may not be a problem. However, some accidents can do structural damage that make the vehicle less safe to drive. If the only the external damage is repaired, the lowered value of the car is hidden from view.

Many people do not take care of their cars even when they are not driving. Some cars never get their oil, oil filters, or air filters changed. Others may not keep enough coolant in the cooling system. Skipping these simple maintenance steps can do serious damage to the engine over time.

Some mechanics are better than others. If the repair history shows that the vehicle has been routinely worked on by a mechanic or company that is not trusted, there is not a lot of reason to believe the vehicle has been well cared for, even if the previous owner had good intentions.

If the previous owner was an organized person, all of the vehicle repair records will be available. Such a person may be more evenly tempered, and therefore less likely to drive in a way that was bad for the car. He or she might not accelerated or decelerate too rapidly on a regular basis. Such a person would also be likely to make sure that repairs on the car were done at the right intervals for that model.

Even if the car you are considering buying looks great, the real issue is the many little problems you cannot see. Years of lack of service and bad driving may bring the engine closer to failure before the time of your purchase. Things may go very wrong shortly after you become the owner. The repair bills for damage done will be larger than the maintenance would have been, and you will have to pay for it.

Service history show not only how the previous owner took care of the car, but also a lack of records may indicate how that owner neglected the car. Used cars can be a great value if it is in great condition. Service records are an important part of making sure the car is in great condition inside and out.

Used Cars: How To Determine The Selling Price

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

If you are in the process of selling a used vehicle you may be wondering about how to decide on the best price to ask for. Obviously you are going to want to get as much as possible for it. The big problem with asking for too much for the car however, is that a lot of potential buyers will just not be interested. But if you put the price too low, then you are not going to get as much as you could. It is rare for anyone to get the price they are looking for when it comes to used cars because most buyers will haggle for a lower price. So when it comes to pricing your used car, you should ask for a bit more than you really want to get for it. The following suggestions should help you if you are hoping to determine a selling price for a used car.


  • Finding out the going rate for similar cars to yours is the first thing you need to do. Finding out the average and top selling price is a good idea and you will have to do your research. You will find the information you need in car classified ads both on and offline. Don’t forget to factor in your car’s condition when working out the price. Cars that are falling apart will not get near to the top asking price.


  • You have to decide if your priority is selling the car quickly or for the most profit as possible. If you want to sell it in a hurry then you are probably best keeping your price not much higher than the average. If you have a bit more time then you can ask for the higher price.


  • It might be wise to have a higher price initially. You can just keep lowering the price until you get interested parties.


If the time has come that you can be hunting out used cars for sale, it is really always best to perform an ideal research ahead of time. Researching allows you to choose the very best used vehicles for the category you’re seeking. When you have finished, you might find youself driving away from the dealers in a used car.