Can purchase is a significant investment and given a myriad of things to consider, it can be understandably confusing. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way.
Before purchasing a used car, you want to be sure that the car in question is worth your hard-earned money. This is where the car’s pre-purchase inspection comes in. And one of the things you need to pay attention to during this inspection is the car’s history report. But what exactly should you look for in the car’s history report?
Here are three questions you need to ask when looking at the car’s history report.
Is the car on recall?
If the car has any active recalls, it is best that they are fixed before you can purchase it. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot purchase a car that has a recall, but an important rule of thumb would be to have this taken care of first.
Has the car passed California’s smog inspection test?
According to California law, any gas-powered vehicle that was manufactured after 1975, and that is 7 years old, is required to undergo smog inspection to ensure that it is compliant with the set emission standards. If the car failed its most recent emission test, this is usually a sign that its catalytic converter is dead, and replacing this can cost you a lot of money.
Does the car have an accident history?
Clearly, you want to avoid purchasing a second-hand car that has a history of accidents. If the car you are interested in has been involved in a collision with another vehicle, you want to be sure that it is structurally sound if you are to buy it.
Purchasing a car can be very exciting, especially if it is your first car. Knowing what to look for in the car’s history report can help you safeguard your rights and interests while ensuring that you get value for your money.