We see it far too often: someone will drive by a small, side-of-the-road car dealership and stop because they saw an astoundingly low price on a vehicle. Taking a look at the used car with a price tag thousands lower than the individual would expect, they are ready to hand over their money and take possession of this used car and drive off laughing because they got such a bargain.
It sounds too good to be true, and it is. Here at Auto Depot Sudbury, we take pride in selling reliable and affordable cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. The vehicles we sell aren’t “cheap” though because when a vehicle is too cheap there is likely something wrong with it.
Here are a few things to look for before you buy that too good to be true used vehicle.
So you’re thinking about buying a 2016 Ford F-150 for $5,000. That’s one heck of a price for an almost new vehicle and that should be your first red flag. Just because a vehicle was in an accident, you may not be able to tell just by looking at it. A new bumper and body panels can make a vehicle look new, but there is a good chance the frame of the vehicle is bent. That is a major safety concern, especially if you’re ever in an accident yourself; the frame could have lost strength and structural integrity. It’s always a good idea to get a Carproof report on any pre-owned vehicle you’re about to buy, it will give a full accident history so you can buy with peace of mind.
It never ceases to amaze us - a vehicle can look great on the outside, but as soon as we put it up on the hoist and give it a true inspection, we find all sorts of serious mechanical problems. All vehicles are made up of thousands of mechanical and electronic parts, that all need to be maintained. If the used vehicle you’re about to buy is running, that doesn’t mean it’s clear of problems. Make sure to have a reputable mechanic inspect any car, truck, van, or SUV before you buy it. It’s often worth it to pay more for a vehicle if it comes with its service and maintenance records.
Every used vehicle has had a unique life. While one 2016 Nissan Sentra had only one owner who drove solely to church on Sundays, another 2016 Nissan Sentra could have been owned by four different owners and has 150,000 km on it. Geography also comes into play; if a truck was owned by someone who lived on the east coast, salt from the ocean may have taken its toll on the truck. Or, maybe the truck spent a couple of winters up north in the territories, taking the beating of a northern winter. Make sure you find out as much as possible about a vehicle before you buy it to prevent unwanted surprises down the road.
Those are just a few helpful tips, but feel free to contact us anytime with questions or for some friendly, honest advice.