Buying a used vehicle can be a risky endeavor, but also a rewarding one. Buying used, even if the vehicle is close to new, will save you a lot of money compared to the price of a new vehicle off the lot. However, there are some inherent risks that come with purchasing a used vehicle; here is how to best avoid trouble.
When considering buying a new vehicle, you should definitely get a vehicle report first. A vehicle report will provide you with any major documented work or damage that is associated with the VIN number. Dealers are generally required to provide you with a vehicle report, but anyone can have one filed for a small fee. Next, check the title. If the title says “rebuilt” or “salvage,” the vehicle in question has at some point been totaled by an insurance company. Reasons for a rebuilt title can range from hail damage to a high-speed collision, so try and determine why a vehicle has a rebuilt title if you are attempting to buy such a vehicle. Rebuilt vehicles are cheaper than the same vehicle with a clean title but are also a greater risk.
If the paperwork checks out, you should have the vehicle inspected on a lift by a certified mechanic. Ray & Roy's Repair, Inc. in Spokane, WA is more than happy to assist you...if you have a vehicle in question, we know exactly what to look for. Our mechanics will carefully inspect the underside of the vehicle for a bent frame/subframe, flood damage. leaks, etc. Often, damaged vehicles are repaired and resold with a clean title. Just because a vehicle has a clear history on paper does not mean it hasn’t seen its fair share of misfortune.
The only way to be sure of a vehicle’s condition is to put it on a lift, and have a mechanic thoroughly inspect it. If you have your eye on a used car but aren’t sure if buying it is a good idea, bring it by Ray & Roy's Repair, Inc. and let us give you a second opinion.
Thank you for visiting Ray & Roy's Repair, Inc. in Spokane, WA. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.