10 Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Second-Hand Car By Owner

Recently we wrote an article with important questions to ask a dealer when shopping for a vehicle. But have you ever thought to ask questions to owners selling their rides on Gumtree before you purchase? If not, you’re not alone.

Here are the top 10 questions to ask a seller before buying a second-hand car:

  1. Why are you selling your car? If they are looking to buy a new car themselves, they may be open to negotiations because they are likely looking to sell quickly. If their answers are vague (be wary of this!), it probably means there are some issues with the car they are not disclosing.
  2. What condition is the car in? A car may look great at first glance, but it is important to get the nitty gritty on the car’s actual condition both inside and outside.
  3. What is the mileage? This should be listed in their ad, but if it isn’t, make sure you ask; the number of KMs on the clock will help you figure out whether the car is priced competitively.
  4. Where did you purchase the car? Are they the first owner, do they know how many people have owned the vehicle before them?
  5. Does it have everything you are wanting? Some adverts are vague, so be sure to ask what kind of extras the car comes with. Is there a sunroof? Does the AC work?
  6. Has it been in any accidents? Knowing about any previous damage and how it was fixed is important to figuring out the car’s value.
  7. Do you still have the maintenance and service records? It is handy to have this document to give you a full history of the vehicle.
  8. Can I get a professional assessment? If the answer is no, there is probably something they are hiding. If the answer is yes, make sure you take it to your own trusted mechanic rather than one they suggest.
  9. How much are you willing to let the car go for? All sellers have an idea of the least amount they will take, and asking this question shows them you are wanting to negotiate and will not accept the asking price.
  10. Does the car still have a warranty? Of course, this only goes for somewhat new vehicles, but it is worth a shot!

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find a second-hand ride! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find a car close to home.

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