Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

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Once you’ve found your dream used car, you need to make sure it’s up to your standards. To find that out, you’ll need to ask the seller a few questions.

Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside, PA, drivers can learn about some of the top questions they should get answers to before purchasing a used car below. If you need more assistance or want to explore our selection of Kia vehicles, contact our staff at Sussman Kia.

Has it Been in Any Accidents?

Accidents can cause hidden damage that may be unnoticeable until you’ve been driving the pre-owned car for a while. Additionally, an accident can account for any malfunctioning or missing pieces within the model.

Knowing this information allows you to make an informed decision about whether you want to purchase a ride that has been damaged or move on to a different option.

For clarity, you can request a vehicle history report, such as a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™, from the buyer.

How Well Has the Used Car Been Maintained?

Car,Mechanic,Replacing,And,Pouring,Fresh,Oil,Into,Engine,AtA well-maintained used car is more likely to be up to date on its service appointments and hasn’t experienced excess wear and tear. It has mostly likely undergone the following services at the appropriate mileage intervals:

  • Oil and oil filter changes
  • Windshield wiper replacement
  • Tire balancing

Dealerships keep records of Kia cars that have received maintenance. You can ask the seller for this information. Checking the dates and mileage intervals of the services performed will give you an idea of whether the used car is in good condition or not, regardless of its mileage.

Are There Any Features no Longer Working?

Learning about which features are and are not working in a pre-owned model can protect you from facing any surprises. Knowing which features no longer work can also give you negotiation leverage.

This is especially true for rides with modern technology and smart safety systems. If you purchase a used commuter that comes with technology that alerts you when you’re veering away from your lane, it will be more helpful to know that it doesn’t work ahead of time rather than finding out when you’re on the highway.

Why Are You Selling this Used Car?

When you’re buying from a dealership, the answer to this question will be a little more obvious: to provide you with a great reconditioned on-road companion.

Woman and man closely inspecting new car in dealership showroomOn the other hand, if you’re buying from a private seller, getting the answer to this question becomes more important. That’s because there are countless reasons that someone might want to sell their used machine, like:

  • They want to make some extra money to afford their next set of wheels.
  • They no longer need it.
  • They cannot keep up with the amount of maintenance it requires.

Getting clarity on why someone is selling their pre-owned daily drivers allows you to make the right decision for your lifestyle and needs.

Get Answers to All Your Used Car Questions

The experienced agents at Sussman Kia have answers to the pre-owned model questions that Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside, Pennsylvania, shoppers might have. Visit or call our dealership to speak with a staff member or schedule a test drive of the used car you desire.