The average car stays on the road for more than 11.8 years. This means they see a lot of use and abuse before people decide to put them up for sale.
While cars can typically stay on the road for far longer than 11 years, buying a used car that’s up to the task is tough. You need to make sure it’s in good condition before you commit to the sale.
The best thing you can do for your wallet and your safety is to only look at cars that pass a mechanic check. Here’s why.
A Mechanic Check Tells You What’s Going On Under the Hood
When you buy a car from a private seller, you have no way to guarantee that the car received the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance on-time. This means there may be small problems that could turn into major issues weeks after you buy the car.
An experienced mechanic will be able to inspect the engine and its components to make sure everything is in good working order. If they spot anything of concern, they can give you an idea of what the repairs may cost.
The more you know what’s going on under the hood of the car, the easier it will be for you to decide if buying it is in your best interest.
Gives You an Idea of the True Value
Just because someone asks a certain price for a used car doesn’t mean it’s necessarily worth that price. The condition of the interior, exterior, and engine can all influence the true value of the car.
If there’s a lot of damage to any part of the vehicle, it may be worth far less than what the seller is asking for. Getting a mechanic to inspect the car will help you know what you should pay and if it’s a good investment in the first place.
Helps Keep Your Future Resale Price Higher
If you’re buying a car that you know is in good condition, it will likely retain its value longer. This means you’ll be able to get more for the car when you decide to trade it in or sell it to someone else.
Working with a mechanic to inspect the car helps you make sure you’re buying a car that will hold its value as long as possible. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll get more for your car when the time comes to replace it.
When In Doubt, Buy from a Dealership
If the thought of finding a mechanic who can inspect every car you’re looking at sounds too overwhelming, don’t panic. Instead, buy a used car from your local car dealership that’s already passed a mechanic check.
Their team inspects each car they bring onto the lot. If they find anything that looks damaged or needs repair, they’ll take care of it quickly. You’ll end up with a car that’s sure to last for years.
If you’re ready to find a used car you can depend on without the hassle of working with private sellers, don’t wait. Contact us to schedule an appointment or drop by our showroom today. We’ll help you find the perfect car for your needs at an affordable price.