The thing about new cars is that they are expensive, expensive to buy, expensive to run, and expensive to maintain. And when you’re looking for a car that suits your own needs as well as the needs of your family, you can wonder if a used car is just as good as a new car but cheaper? As we all know, there are certain perils with buying a used car over a new one, but do we know what to look out for, and what can we do if we’ve bought a used car that’s not up to scratch?
Give The Car A “Once Over”
Make sure to check the overall condition of the car before you buy it, and even if you’re buying from a dealership, you are well within your rights to ask as much about the car as possible. The basics, even the radio, are things that people will tend to overlook before buying the car and then end up having to spend more money to get these things repaired. Before buying it, check over every inch of the car, and look for signs of damage, as these can tell you more than you realise.
Is The Car Going To Need A Lot Of Work Done To It?
If you’ve bought a used car and a few months in you start to notice that things aren’t working as well as they used to, there are two people to blame, the seller and yourself. If you didn’t check the basics when you bought the car, you might have to invest more money into the car than you originally budgeted. If the car needs certain superficial changes, such as the oil and the tires, there are plenty of auto mechanics that can perform these services for a decent price locally or big names like Jiffy Lube. You can find out how much is an oil change at Jiffy Lube at autoserviceprices.com and compare it to your local mechanic to see if it is cheaper. When you buy a used car that starts to fall apart at the seams a few months in, it can be frustrating, especially when you’ve got the safety of your family to think of.
Is The Car Actually Suitable For Your Needs?
And not just your needs, but the needs of your whole family. If you have young children, you will be needing sufficient space and the means necessary to make sure that their booster seats or baby carriers are going to be secure. And think about your own skills as a driver, and when you have children in the back, does it impact on your ability? It certainly does for a lot of parents, and when you’re a young parent and have just passed your test, you need to find the car that makes getting from A to B as smooth as possible. And you can only know by testing the car, and seeing if it feels okay. If the car doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not the car for you.
This is a collaborated post.
Therese has completed the ‘Advanced Child Car Seat Training Course’ at TRL (Transport Research Lab) and is a CPD accredited car seat expert. She blogs about in-car safety, car seats, tips, reviews, giveaways and advice. She’s a mum on a mission to change the law and raise awareness. She is also a breastfeeding advocate and gentle parenting promoter who loves cloth nappies, baby-wearing, BLW and co-sleeping/bed-sharing.