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Ask the private seller of a used car all the right questions!

What questions should you ask the seller of a used car?

If you’re shopping for a used car in Charlotte you’ve probably already figured out that the only places to purchase a pre-owned car are dealerships and private sellers. Buying from a private seller may seem more appealing because there is more bargaining room and there is less hassle than going through the process at a dealership. If you’ve found a Charlotte used car you’re interested in purchasing from a private seller, it’s important that you don’t just hand over the money and take home the car. Instead, you should be asking the seller all the right questions.

After weeks of searching, you’ve finally found the car that you want. You’ve contacted the seller and arranged a meeting to see the car and possibly purchase it. Before you go, make sure you’re prepared!

  • Research the type of car. Take the time to look up the make and model of the car and see what people are saying about it. Double check for reoccurring issues or recalls.
  • Pull a vehicle history report. Check the Carfax history report for records of the vehicle like car maintenance, accident reports and recorded mileage.

Once you feel comfortable with that vehicle, it’s time to see it for yourself! When you’re getting ready to meet the seller of this used car in Charlotte, have questions prepared. These questions can help ensure you’re buying a trusty and reliable car rather than a lemon car.

What questions should you ask before buying a used car?

Ask the private seller of the used car in Charlotte all the right questions, like these!

  • Why are they selling the car?

Ask the seller why they are getting rid of the car, and if their answer seems a bit suspicious you may want to begin your search again for a different used car in Charlotte.

  • Has the car ever been in an accident?

Compare the vehicle history report to what the seller says about the car’s history of accidents and damages. If they say the car has been repaired, ask for auto repair records, receipts and any warranties they may have.

  • What condition is the car in?

While the condition may be easily seen, ask the seller what condition that car is in. If they mention any problems or issues, be sure to address each one.

  • Are they the original owner of the car?

If the seller was the first and only owner of the car, there is less room for discrepancies as to how this car was treated and cared for.

Buy a car you trust at Toyota Scion of N Charlotte!

Why risk it? Instead of buying from a private seller, visit our used car dealership in Charlotte. We have strict rules and laws to hold up to. These regulations ensure that you will buy only a vehicle that will be reliable and safe. You can drive home in a car you feel comfortable and happy with!

If you want to know more about buying from a private seller or from our dealership, give us a call at (888) 598-0704!

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