4 Things to Remember When Buying a Used Vehicle

Purchasing a pre-used vehicle is a big financial decision, so you’ll want to make sure that you do your research before you settle for one. The following article will discuss four things you’ll need to remember when purchasing a pre-used vehicle. 

History of The Vehicle

Make sure that you ask your dealership for important information pertaining to the vehicle’s history. The dealership may be able to provide you with repair history and collision reports. Furthermore, there are programs, like CARFAX, which will give you a detailed report on the vehicle’s collision history and inform you if there are any outstanding liens or recalls.

Test Drive

It’s so important to take the vehicle you’re interested in out for a test drive. Even if you’ve owned the same vehicle model in the past, each pre-used car can provide you with a unique driving experience, and it’s up to you to determine if you’re comfortable driving it. 

While out on the road, pay close attention to the vehicle’s acceleration and braking. Furthermore, keep an eye on the vehicle’s handling; if you notice that the car is being dragged to one side of the road while you’re operating it, there may be a structural issue with the vehicle that will need to be addressed. 


On average, drivers will travel approximately 20,000 kilometres in their car every year – this is critical to remember when purchasing a used vehicle. For example, if you’re looking at a 2018 SUV that has 60,000 kilometres on it, be aware that the vehicle has been heavily used in the last couple of years. Look for a vehicle that has averaged 20.000 kilometres or less per year from the year it was manufactured.

Mechanical Inspection

It’s way better to be safe than sorry! If you believe you’ve found the car that you want, it would be wise to bring it in for a mechanical inspection. Even if you’ve had Mom or Dad look at the vehicle, bringing it into a maintenance shop will allow trained professionals to look under the vehicle’s hood and underneath the body to assess any issues or concerns. While this may cost you up to $100, it will pay for itself when you drive away in your pre-used vehicle happy and satisfied. 

At Car Club, we want to give you as much information as you can so that you can make an educated purchase. Whether you’re in the market for a car, truck, van or SUV, we’ll help you find a vehicle that suits your lifestyle and your living needs. For more information on what to consider before purchasing a pre-used vehicle, contact The Car Club today.