What to look for when buying a used car

What To Look For When Buying A Used Car

“Buying second hand is the easiest path to getting the car of your dreams.”

Chaz Mostert

Chaz is an Australian professional racing driver from the Gold Coast, QLD currently competing in the V8 Supercars Championship for Rod Nash Racing.

Mostert was the winner of the 2014 Bathurst 1000 and has also previously won the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship.

Did you know?

  • 29% of Australians prefer to buy cars second hand
  • On average, 500,000 auto listings (including parts and accessories) are live across Australia at any time
  • On average, 150,000 cars listings on Gumtree Cars – everything from utes to convertible and Holdens to Bentleys all in one place!

Check out what to look for when buying a used car

Chaz’s top tips for buying a used car

1. Value for Dollar

Searching for the car of your dreams? Value for dollar when buying second hand gives you the opportunity to experience something you might not be in a financial position to buy brand new.

2. Peace of mind

For reliability, try to look for cars under 60,000KM with a good service book.

3. Check the car’s history

Do your research on the car itself. You can even buy a Car Record Report, so you can check out a vehicle’s valuation, odometer comparison, engine info and safety ratings – before you even view it!

4. Inspect the car

Take someone with you and trust your gut during the test drive. Listen out for odd sounds coming from the engine or underneath the car, and above all, trust your gut. Check under the bonnet for the oil and lubricant levels, check the tyres and all of the lights and all of the internal features. If it doesn’t feel right, there’s plenty of others out there!

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