If im purchasing a used car from a private party, what kind of questions should i ask?

about the car and barganing?

I would really appreciate your thoughts.


  • Well really most important milage. Also how often it is service and what kind of trouble has the car had in the past. I personally dont trust anyone selling a car so ask for the vin # or when you see the car right it down. Do a carfax on it, its 20 bucks but better then buying a salvaged or recked car. When you see the car bring a rag and check the oil level and pull the oil cap off and put your hand over the hole. If there is and positive pressure on your hand walk away and dont look back, the engine has blow and it will be burning oil. If there is no pressure or is actually sucking on your hand then its good. Check tire wear and the smoke coming out of the tail pipe if its white its burning oil or black then its burning too much fuel. If all as past the drive it.

    While driving let go if the steering wheel a little and see if the car pulls to the right or left. If it does then it needs a alignment. try to get the car to highway speeds and feel for vibrations or roughness. If any then the tire my need balancing or shockes need to be changed. Also do some stop and goes check the braking for vibrations or hesitaion., anything like that and the rotors, pads, or brake fluid need to be changed. Accleration is also good feel the shifts if its reving high and feels sloppy then the transmission is going to need tuning, or if the engine feels bogged down then the engine may need a tune up.

    Any problems mentioned are ammo for bargaining know the general price for maintanence of the car or truck, Tell the owners about what you felt and get their thoughts. Also have a general price in you head for what you want to pay for the car and go below that price whe you first ask you may get lucky then go from there. If they dont take what you want just walk away.

  • Get the car's VIN (vehicle identification number) and spend the money on Carfax.com to do a lemon check. It is worth it.

    Find out how many owners it has had. What is the odometer mileage and has it rolled over 100,000 miles? How many cyclinders? Obviously, a 4 cylinder will have a lot more wear with excessive mileage than a 6 or 8 cylinder would have. Check the oil. Is is clean or dirty? Dirty may be a bad sign. Also, look at the carpet on the driver's side floor where you get in and out of the car. Thin or heavily worn carpet is an indication as to how much wear and tear there's been on the car. Take it to your mechanic and ask his opinion. Go to edmunds.com or nadaguides.com to check out the value of the car. Of course, don't pay what they're asking. The key word is "asking" price. They expect you to negotiate a lower price and it's easy to do if you find a few flaws that will lower its value.

  • I do not like the way in which that sounds. Sometimes you'll be able to move to those condominium locations and so they promote their leases on a individual lot once they get so might miles on them. They by and large are underneath blue ebook significance. So, I'd assess round a few of these condominium auto locations and discover you a good used auto. Plus you recognize they ought to hold the ones in well form or they might have a few principal complaints on their hand for permitting folks to hire/force crappy automobiles. I feel I was once informed they promote them once they get 3 years historical. Have you checked into leasing a auto? a few folks like that established? I would not wish to shop for a neighbor's auto b/c if whatever is not proper I would not wish any rough emotions come among us. Sounds fishy to me. I might say deliver a mechanic with you however, he's a mechanic. I'd be asking all kinds of questions even those that pontificate the wall. Throwing a curve ball is helping you notice if the man is at the up and up. But, no air.. now not well. now not certain in which you are living however, no air in which I'm at might suck. take care and well success.

  • Examine the car yourself using an inspection checklist. You can find a checklist in many of the magazine articles, books and Internet sites that deal with buying a used car.

    Test drive the car under varied road conditions - on hills, highways, and in stop-and-go traffic.

    Ask for the car's maintenance record. If the owner doesn't have copies, contact the dealership or repair shop where most of the work was done. They may share their files with you.

    Talk to the previous owner, especially if the present owner is unfamiliar with the car's history.

    Have the car inspected by a mechanic you hire.

  • The maintenance of tyres, oil, battery, absorber, lights...

    Ask if there's any road accident record (Don't go for it if there's any record).

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