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Buying a used car in Mission TX is a smart decision and has many benefits. For example, a buyer will save money on insurance, pay less for the car, go through a less stressful negotiation process if the vehicle is sold by a private party, and the car may still be under factory warranty.

However, before you buy a used car, you need to do your homework well to ensure you get a good deal. Below are some things you should watch out for when buying:

Check the vehicle ownership
Go through the vehicle’s ownership documents to ascertain that they are genuine. If you are buying the car from a private seller, ask to see the car’s service history and insurance certificate. Carry out a background check on the vehicle to confirm that it has not been used to secure any loans, is not an insurance write-off and has not been reported stolen. Beautiful cars like Hyundai Verna are often target for theft, so do your due diligence before making the purchase.

Check the history of the car
The history of the vehicle should guide you on how much to offer. Ask the seller for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which shows all the repairs done on a vehicle. If the vehicle was salvaged and put on the road again, you can know and make your offer accordingly.

Check the mileage covered
Check the number of miles that the vehicle has covered. Basically, the more the miles the car has covered, the lower the amount you should offer. Inspect the odometer to ensure it has not been tampered with. The number of miles may also determine whether the manufacturer’s warranty is still valid for the vehicle. Carry out research online to find the mileage covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Inspect the vehicle
Inspect the condition of the inside and outside of the vehicle. Check the outside paint for signs of scratches, check the bumper and doors for dents and check that the wheels have not worn off. Inside, check whether all the features that the vehicle was made with are still intact and functioning. Test the automatic windows, check that the airbags are intact, and try the entertainment system.

Test –drive the vehicle
Do not purchase used cars in Mission TX before taking it for a test-drive. While a car may look shiny on the outside, you can only know its performance by taking it on the road. Get behind the wheels to get a feel of the vehicle. Drive it over bumpy roads and sharp bends to gauge the performance of the brakes and steering wheel.

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