Fed of buying unreliable cars? Finding a car that runs smoothly could save you a lot of money and hassle in the long run. Here are a few tips that can help you to guarantee a reliable car.
Consider buying brand new
The best way to guarantee reliability is to buy a car brand new. That isn’t to say that brand new cars don’t still have their faults – however you won’t have to deal with any wear and tear problems. The downside of buying a brand new car is the cost and many people may simply not be able to afford this option.
Use a trusted dealer
When it comes to used cars, the credibility of the dealer is important to take into account. A good dealership will only sell cars that are in acceptable working condition. You can find these dealers by asking for recommendations off of family and friends, as well as reading reviews online.
Choose a reliable brand
Certain brands have a good track record when it comes to producing reliable vehicles. For instance, Mazda is usually regarded as a pretty reliable brand. Try looking for dealers that specialise in such brands such as Renton Mazda. Avoid brand and models that have a bad reputation when it comes to faults.
Check the mileage
The more miles a car has done, the more wear and tear there’s likely to be. This means a greater chance of faults. Modern cars tend to have a ‘life expectancy’ of 200,000 miles – at this stage, most of the parts will likely need replacing. For more chance of reliability, you should usually aim for under 100,000 miles. Sites like Cenex offer for information on mileage.
Look into the vehicle history
It’s worth also considering the vehicle’s history. If there’s a long history of faults and repairs – and if the vehicle has switched hands lots of times – it could be a bad sign. You may also want to be wary of vehicle that’s been sitting idle on someone’s drive for years – a car that hasn’t run for a while could be as much of a problem as a car that’s got too many miles on the clock.
Bring a mechanic/knowledgeable friend with you to view the car
Bringing a mechanic or knowledgeable friend along with you could be beneficial. They may be able to take a look under the bonnet and spot any problems that may not be obvious. They may also know certain questions to ask the seller.
Always go for a test drive
A test drive can be a great way to see how a car feels. It may allow you to spot problems such as sticky gears or steering issues that you wouldn’t have otherwise known about. A trustworthy seller will always offer a test drive – if they refuse, it’s probably because they’re hiding something.
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