Buying a used car from a private party
Buying a used car from a private seller you know nothing about has several pitfalls that you as buyer should beware of. Of course, we at the Vande Hey Brantmeier Pre-Owned Superstore, know that a great bulk of the private car sellers out there are honest people who wouldn’t ever think of trying hoodwink or bamboozle someone trying to buy a car from them. Unfortunately, there are those out there that don’t play nicely with others and will try to slip one by you and they are the ones that need to be looked out for. That being said, here are some things to consider when you are looking to buy a car from a private party.
Unlike a state licensed car dealership like Vande Hey Brantmeier, private party sales don’t have much in the way of regulation that go along with them and if you get stuck with a lemon, it can be costly and time consuming trying to get your money back or any other problems rectified. When buying a used car from a private party, you should always do a thorough inspection of the car. Look for dings, dents and scratches in the body work of the car. Also be wary of anything that looks like it was hastily patched up when looking for a used vehicle near Appleton.
If you are not terribly gifted in the ways of cars and their mechanical operation, find somebody who is to take an objective look at the car and give you their opinion. Many mechanics will provide this service and anyone being honest with you will welcome an inspection. A trained mechanic will be able to listen for engine defects and a simple, short test drive will likely reveal other issues that will either be warning signs to stay away from the purchase or at the very least give you some negotiating leverage when buying a car from a private party.
Fluid leaks are a pretty easy thing to look for and are generally a sign of bad news. Some older cars will drip condensation from the air conditioning unit on hot days, but fluids on the ground that are colored like green antifreeze, black oil or usually red transmission fluid are all bad news and you should go back and try again.
Used cars for sale in Appleton, WI at the Vande Hey Brantmeier Pre-Owned Superstore go through a cursory inspection process and because we are licensed, any defects we can reasonably find, are required by law to be disclosed to you. Getting everything out in the open is not only a good business practice but it is the law.