You will need them anyway and they will help you save money in the long run
Once you’ve found a used dream car, you can be tempted to sign the documents and hit the road – and who can blame you, especially if you’ve been looking for a car or truck that is right for a long time.
But slow down a bit first. There are a few things you should ask your salesperson about – whether it’s a private site or dealer – before you pull out a blue pen and provide your John Hancock. Here are four things you should make sure about your next used car.
1. Additional keys
It’s been a long time since you could just take the key to a locksmith or even to a large hardware store and expect to leave with a duplicate for a few bucks. Even the most basic new car keys contain chips that must be programmed by your dealer or specialist. More complex proximity key systems – those that allow you to leave the key in your pocket – contain massive key rings that can cost hundreds to replace.
It is absolutely worth asking the seller if they have both keys with which the car came. Most dealers will gladly give you all the keys they have on hand, while private individuals will have to dig through the drawers to find additional keys.
2. Operating instructions
Open the glove compartment, look into the pocket on the seatbacks and make a good root around the spare wheel. If the instruction manual and related documentation cannot be found anywhere – ask if the car is delivered with these items. Newer cars are complicated, and even the most experienced in technology will probably find a reason or two to review the user manual.
Digital versions of the manual are offered by most car manufacturers on their websites, but there is no substitute for a manual that can be drawn in a hurry. Replacing the printing instructions can cost up to several hundred dollars for some cars. In addition, the owner who keeps the textbooks intact is probably pickier than the one who threw them in the bin.
3. Service documentation
Most sellers refer to privacy laws and destruction service records. However, some cut the private information of the previous owner and give you the stack. Private sellers are also much more likely to provide you with records.
The service record can well understand the maintenance status of the former owner. If there are a lot of records that can solve major problems or maintenance issues, then it is worth a try, because they can reduce your costs. Cars without a maintenance history are more like a gamble, especially because you do n’t know what preventive maintenance has been done.
4. All accessories
Like the operating instructions and spare keys, accessories can be pulled out of the car and stored in the garage. If you do not see items such as floor mats, roof rails, auxiliary cables or cargo space covers, it is worth asking both sellers and owners if they have such parts. Some dealers may have pulled out floor mats to clean them, and then forgot to put them back in, while private individuals could throw them on the garage shelf and forget about them.
In any case, these accessories are usually what you want, they can save you a lot of money.