Is shopping for a used car in Orlando stressing you out? It can seem like an overwhelming process and could be a bit stressful, but it’s a lot easier if you know how to do it! There’s typically two places to purchase a pre-owned car: from a dealership or from a private seller. Pre-owned car dealerships are bound by laws and regulations that make the car buying process a little easier and put your mind at ease. On the other hand, private sellers are not bound by the same laws and processes. Private sellers have a lot more freedom and wiggle room. If you’re thinking about purchasing a car from a private seller, you should know the correct questions to ask.
Buy a used car with confidence!
Before you hand over money for a used car in Orlando being sold by a private seller, you need some information about the car. Make sure you know everything you need to know by asking these questions!
- Why are they selling the car?
It’s best to find out the reason for the seller getting rid of the car. If the answer sounds suspicious, you may want to take your search elsewhere as you could be getting sold an unreliable ride.
- What condition is the car in?
The condition is usually easily seen just by looking at the appearance of the car, but there could be problems not seen by the glancing eye. If the seller mentions anything about the condition of the car, be sure to investigate each problem thoroughly.
- Ask about routine car maintenance and for service records.
A car may not be reliable for very long if it has been neglected. Make sure this Orlando used car has had auto service and routine car maintenance.
- Has this car ever been in an accident?
A car with accident damage could be a risk. If the used car in Orlando has been in an accident, ask for auto repair records. A pre-owned car with previous damage could mean a lot of future expenses for you down the road if it wasn’t repaired correctly.
- How many miles does the car have on it?
A car with a high amount of miles may not last you as long as you may want. Ask the private seller if there a majority of the miles were put on on the highway because highway miles are less harmful to the engine.
- Are they the original owner of the car?
An Orlando pre-owned car with only one original owner is a safer buy as you can know more about the past of the car with no room for wondering what happened with the car with previous owners.
Play it safe at Toyota of Orlando!
At our Orlando used car dealership, we offer a variety of reliable and affordable pre-owned cars. Not only do our cars come with peace of mind, all pre-owned vehicles come with a FREE vehicle history report. Some of select pre-owned vehicles have warranties and guarantees available as well! If you’re interested in more tips on the pre-owned car buying process, give us a call at (888) 725-3520!