Purchasing a Pre Owned Car in Hawaii

by | Jun 13, 2013 | Automobile

When it comes to purchasing a car, most Hawaiians choose to go with one of the pre owned cars in Hawaii. They offer much more value than a new car. On top of that, there are also a lot more creative financing solutions for a pre owned car than there is for a brand new car. There is a downside though. Pre owned cars are used. That means that there is a chance that something could be wrong with the car.

Get an Inspection

To protect one’s self from making a bad purchase, always perform a full inspection of the car. Most dealerships will offer a fully certified inspection of every aspect of the car. The buyer should do their own inspection as well to make sure that nothing was missed. Look for any obvious issues like leaking fluids, signs of rust or damage.

History of the Vehicle

Next ask for a vehicle history report on the car. Today just about all cars have a vehicle history. This can be search for by the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. This number is like a social security number for cars. It is unique for each individual car. The vehicle history reports show any police reports that have been filed on the vehicle, any details of repair work done to the car, and other pertinent information.

Return Policies

The third thing to do is to ask the dealership about a return policy. Most dealerships will allow customers to take the car home and drive it for a few days. If they decide that the car is not as advertised, the dealership should take the car back and issue a full refund. Note, this option is not available for any purchases from an individual seller.

The final thing that every car buyer should do is to take the car for a test drive. Listen for any sounds that may seem strange. Pay attention to any vibrations and have the seller address these issues immediately before purchasing the car. No purchase should ever be made without first taking the car out for a test drive.

These are just a few of the basic tips for purchasing pre owned cars in Hawaii. It will not guarantee that a person will avoid a bad deal, but it will certainly lessen the chance.

TCA Auto is a dealership for pre-owned vehicles in Hawaii. The dealership has over eighteen years of experience selling pre owned cars in Hawaii with financing.


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