Advice for Buying a Used Car | Purchase

Each year around six million used vehicles are sold in France.

Suffice it to say that the supply of vehicles is plentiful and the possibilities of picking up the wrong vehicles are numerous due to the great diversity of the vehicle supply.

Furthermore, in recent years, constraints related to the use of vehicles have become more numerous (Low Emissions Mobility Zone, Crit’Air vignettes) and scams during vehicle purchase and payment are more difficult to prevent.

Here are some tips for buy a used car :

1. Select a car brand adapted to your financial possibilities.

two. choose a model tailored to your real automotive need.

3. set your budget.

4. Opt for a vehicle with a Crit’Air sticker authorized to drive without restrictions in your place of residence and life for years to come.

The proliferation of Low Emission Mobility Zones ZFE-m in the coming years and the bans on the circulation of vehicles considered polluting based on their Crit’Air stickers make the purchase of a Diesel vehicle irrelevant.

Depending on the budget for the purchase of a car, it is advisable to opt for a Crit’Air 1 vehicle (gasoline vehicle from 2011) and possibly a Crit’Air 2 vehicle (gasoline vehicle between 2006 and 2010).

Forget Diesel.

Don’t give in to favorable electric car incentives. It’s too early. Electromobility technology is not mature and the price of electric vehicles will fall in the coming years.

Used electric vehicles are technologically dated (battery life, charging speed, battery capacity).

Plug-in hybrid vehicles are very expensive.

5. Opt for a vehicle with reasonable mileage.

Modern vehicles are reliable. However, high mileage (over 100,000 kilometers) can be a source of breakdowns and significant maintenance expenses.

Prefer a mileage of less than 100,000 kilometers and, depending on your financial means, a used vehicle with less than 50,000 kilometers.

6. Review maintenance invoices to check the regular maintenance of the vehicle.

7. Examine the various technical control reports done.

The technical inspection only concerns the safety and pollution of the vehicle.

It talks about the non-conformities and the work to be planned in terms of safety and pollution, but nothing more.

The technical control does not address the state of wear of the mechanical parts (brake discs, brake pads, clutch, gearbox), comfort equipment (air conditioning, radio, multimedia) or the battery.

8. Check the declared mileage.

Check declared mileage against vehicle wear, maintenance invoices and technical inspection reports.

If declared mileage is inconsistent with maintenance invoices or technical inspection reports, be on your way.

9. Check the condition of the bodywork.

Check the opening and closing of all doors, including the bonnet and boot, as well as the presence of the spare wheel.

10. try the vehicle.

Drive the vehicle to get an idea of ​​the mechanical state of the vehicle’s mechanical components.

Be careful when starting. Getting started should be a simple formality.

Listen for the engine in neutral and when accelerating.

Observe the appearance of engine smoke in the rear view mirror at start-up.

Change gear. The gears must pass without locking.

Check the operation of the clutch which must not slip.

Test the shock absorbers by going over bumps in the road.

Check the tire and spare wheel for wear.

When stopped, check the operation of the radio, navigation, ventilation, heating, air conditioning, horn, windshield wipers, mirrors, etc.

11. open the hood.

Examine the general condition of the engine compartment.

12. Review administrative documents (registration certificate, no pledge, technical inspection report less than six months old).

13. check the price offered of the vehicle compared to the second-hand rating of comparable vehicles by year and mileage.

14. Ask the seller for the official vehicle history (histovec).

History (free) is accessible only to the vehicle owner. Lists the vehicle’s administrative history (technical characteristics, administrative status, number of successive owners, technical inspections, complaints, etc.).

15. Require seller to pay by check or cashier’s check. Do not travel with a large amount of cash to pay for the vehicle.

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