Buying a pre-owned vehicle can be a daunting process, especially if you do not use a reputable dealer. You need to do your research and ensure that you use car dealerships that focus on the buyer’s safety and financial affordability. The car you invest in needs to be worth your time and money, so you need to know a badly used vehicle when you see one. We have tips to help you choose a safe vehicle for you and your loved ones.

4 Warning signs of a badly used vehicle

1. Inaccurate listings

Dealerships have car listings (usually on their websites) that state the details of the car and its condition. Ensure that you check the listings carefully for any inaccuracies or details that seem a bit too good to be true. You should contact the dealer directly and head down to the store if you find a discrepancy in the listed price or spec of the car.

2. Wrong upholstery 

All car brands have matching upholstery throughout the interior. If the upholstery isn’t consistent with the car, it means that the buyer replaced the interior materials, indicating possible past water damage, or the car may have been involved in an accident.

3. Untidy Interior 

If you notice dirt or grime, or if the car’s interior is simply untidy, there is a good chance that the buyer paid no attention to the vehicle’s mechanics either. Be wary and ensure that you test drive the car or call an expert inspector.

4. Missing history report 

All dealerships and previous owners can easily access a vehicle’s history report. If the buyer does not want to provide a report (or does not have one), this is an indication that the vehicle most likely was not routinely serviced and maintained, endured previous damage or mechanical failure. 

Rent-to-own is a good option to use if you want to get the feel of a car before making a life-long commitment. The deals are flexible, meaning you can own your car in your own time, or over the maximum period of 54 months, or cancel your agreement by giving one calendar month’s notice if you change your mind. Earn-a-Car provides a comprehensive warranty cover to give you peace of mind when it comes to owning your new pre-owned vehicle. For more details, contact us today!