Tips on Buying Used Cars

As much as we all dream of having our own brand new cars, most of the time budget constraints make this impossible. We settle then for used cars until we are able to have more financial freedom to purchase that dream car. Unlike purchasing brand new ones though, we have to be more circumspect when buying secondhand cars.

pre-owned car

Here are some things you may want to consider before making that purchase:
1. Buy only from reputable dealers such as St George car dealerships.
2. Scrutinize registration papers and the engine plate to ensure that they have not been tampered and are the same. You wouldn’t want to drive a hot car, would you?
3. Check the car’s mileage. The numbers to remember here would be 10,000mi/year or 16,000km/year. So a car that has been used for five years should have a mileage of around 80,000 kilometers. If it’s way beyond that, the car has been driven hard and isn’t worth buying.
4. Inspect the exterior and interior for scratches, dents, and corrosion. If you spot a rust blemish, press the panel gently and listen for any cracking noise which is a good indicator of advanced corrosion.
5. Test drive the car preferably with a trusted mechanic who can give feedback on the car’s performance and offer you reliable advice. Do ask him to help you as well in inspecting the car’s engine.
6. Ask for a document from the registered owner allowing the dealer to transact the sale of his car. If you went to a reputable car dealer, chances are they would already have this prepared beforehand.

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19 Responses to Tips on Buying Used Cars

  1. Ness says:

    Thanks for this great post.

  2. Ness says:

    Thanks for this great post.

  3. mostly ako pag tumutingin.. (tingin lang cant afford pa haha)
    test drive kaagad.. then check the mileage and the interior.

  4. Chan says:

    Thanks for sharing this post. I want to buy a used car too so this is really helpful.

  5. That is one useful post you got there. I found myself reading it thoroughly. Just in case i’ll have the moolah to buy a car then i’ll think of these. Thank you. :-)

  6. Nice post here especially sa mga looking for used car, galing! Nice share! magagamit ko to pag may pambili na ko kotse hehehe :)

    visit my blog and let me know if you want a foolow back or link exchange :)

  7. Rossel says:

    Nice car! Having a car of my own is one of my greatest dreams. It doesn’t have to be brand new but it must be Audi. :)

  8. Tin says:

    This is a helpful post! Very practical & simple to remember :D

    Tin of

  9. Yannie says:

    If I’ll buy a car I’ll ask my brother to accompany me ‘coz I don’t have any idea on what to look. If ako lang baka yung itsura lang ng car ang titingnan ko. hahaha

  10. rachelle says:

    Great tips! I think we did all these when we bought our used Passat. Of course except buying from St George. If only we are in the US.

  11. Techie Liz says:

    Helpful tips and I will follow this when the time comes. :)

  12. personally, it’s always nice to buy used car from someone you know…. and lesson I’ve learned.. never buy med reps car..:D

  13. Nice tips thanks for sharing! (:

  14. Chinmay says:

    Good practical tips to be ‘used’ definitely!

  15. Such a useful tips, especially tip no. 4 about the rust. :-).

  16. Marie@Mirage says:

    great tips! ako, if I ever opt to buy a used car I’ll choose one used by a doctor…malinis! :D

  17. leira says:

    this is very informative thank you for sharing

  18. Shadz says:

    Nice one, I might buy a car next year so this is worth reading.

  19. Chin chin says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing these tips. Didn’t know that about the mileage. I just knew that the lower the mileage,the better. God bless.

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