From Money Magazine, July 2005
Buying a second-hand car can be stressful and time-consuming, yet definitely worthwhile. Belinda Carter shares her tips for getting the best deal.
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- Get help to check it out, check the weather and be ready to buy.
- Be sure to check weekly newspapers and Internet sites for price comparisons and availability.
- Websites such as www.redbook.com.au, www.tradingpost.com.au, www.drive.com.au, www.carsguide.com.au are reliable and informative guides to finding your first or next car.
- When inspecting the car, make sure the weather is bright, light and dry.
- Check for hail damage, loose panels, upholstery for wear and tear, colour variation and dents or ripples.
- Check the operation of lights, inside and outside, as well as the belts, buckles, adjusters and child-restraints.
- Have an NRMA or local car dealer check the car before you buy, especially the engine, transmission, power steering and brakes. Always take the car for a test drive.
- Finally, be sure to have your finances in order before you look. You don't want to miss out on that perfect car!