Toronto, Ontario – Canadian drivers are making uninformed decisions when they’re buying used cars, and more than half who have purchased a pre-owned car admitted they didn’t get all the facts, according to a survey commissioned by Kijiji Canada.
The survey also found that more than 10 million Canadians are considering a used vehicle for their next car purchase and will be going online to find it.
“Buying a used car without understanding its condition and history is like buying a house without getting a home inspection,” said Kelly Williams, a former race car driver and Kijiji Canada’s automotive expert. “Previously-owned vehicles can be just as reliable as new ones, but drivers need to make sure they’re assessing the condition of the car before they make the purchase.”
While 45 per cent of Canadians are considering a used vehicle, a decision often driven by reliability and price, many of the 78 per cent of Canadians who already purchased a used car didn’t take the necessary steps to assess its condition and reliability before buying it. Less than 50 per cent acquired a copy of the car’s history report.
To ensure the best possible deal, Williams suggests the following:
– Learn the car’s history. Ask the seller for the car’s used vehicle information package and purchase a copy of the car’s history report through a reliable third-party, such as CarProof or Carfax.
– Have a professional inspection done by a licensed technician.
– Look for signs of wear and tear, inside and out, paying special attention to worn materials, tire treads and rust. It’s best to look at the vehicle in daylight.
– If the vehicle has more than 100,000 kilometres, ask about the timing belt. If it has one, ask when it was changed and make sure you get proof.
– Take it for a test drives to see how it handles, and to test the car’s electronics.