If you’re even thinking about buying a used car from a private-party, be it an Audi, a BMW, a Mini, or a Prius, it’s crucial that you bring it in for a pre-purchase inspection in addition to running a CARFAX report. Best case scenario? There’s no problem. Worst case? You spent a little extra time doing the research and averted an even bigger headache in the process.
Oceanside Motorsports in Oceanside, Ca is an independent and ASE-certified shop. We’ll give you an indicator of the conditions and reliability of the vehicle you’re looking to purchase, including an estimate and how much you can expect to negotiate on the price.
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Before even discussing with a third-party or private dealer, we suggest doing your homework. Compare prices in classified listings in newspapers and online, look up information related to the make and model you desire in the Kelley Blue Book to determine what a reasonable asking price is.
As you start shopping around, find an inspection list online that includes odometer readings and note the VIN number, ask about the car history, research into the car registration, and run a CARFAX report. There may be fees associated with these services, but it will be well worth it if you find some serious dirt before putting your money down.
Some states, do not allow “as is” sales for many used vehicles and some states require different disclosures than those on the Buyers Guide. Check with your state Attorney General office to find out what the laws are in your state.
Take it for a “test-drive” around Oceanside, Ca and bring it into Oceanside Motorsports for a pre-purchase inspection.
Contact the US Dep’t of Transportation Auto Safety Recall Hotline 1-800-424-9393