The purchase of a secondhand car is a stepbystep process; it pays to spend a moment going overt hese steps to make sure the transaction goes the way you’d like it to go. The last step is price negotiation; by some, it might seem embarrassing to even try and ask about a discount. Is it really an embarrassment, though?
If you are looking for a second-hand car, make sure you do your best to check if it has not been stolen. Remember: not every car is stolen to be sold to the very person who (ignorant of the law) “ordered” one from the thief; some of them end up on regular car sales and are advertised as the seller’s property. While the first group of buyers is fully aware of the potential consequences of such a “deal,” the others are, in fact, tricked into breaking the law. The legal consequences will be serious regardless of whether you were conscious of the situation or not; this is why checking the car is so essential.
Tools to check a car in the comfort of your own home
When buying a car, it is important that you give yourself the chance to see it first, best if accompanied by someone who knows more of cars than you do. It is also essential to take the car to a trusted mechanic or an authorized service centre. Before it all starts, though, you can verify many features of the car while looking at it online.
A trusted online dealer will put the VIN of the car in the very offer, together with the date when it was first registered and its current number plates. If any of those are not to be found online, you can still email or call the person to get the missing information. As soon as you have it, there is a lot more to find out online about the vehicle you are interested in buying. There is one thing you need to remember about, though: if the offer is a fraud, the dealer may provide you with a VIN that does not belong to the car sold, so it is vital that you verify the VIN received with the one you find in the car when you go to check it yourself.
Where to import a second car from: a review of selected countries
Polish drivers used to import cars from Germany until a couple of years ago. With its good roads, proximity to Poland and attractive car prices, Germany was popular location to buy from. The situation has changed, though, and with the reduced availability of different offers our Western neighbour has already become as good a choice as many other countries, if not worse.
Imported vehicles are popular among Polish drivers: the state of roads, climate and prices of service compared to salaries are usually better elsewhere than in our country. Theoretically speaking, imported cars should be in better condition than ours, then, but it is not only the quality that makes them so attractive here; their price is just as common a reason. Seldom do cars sell cheap without any reason, though, so rash decisions may turn out to be disastrous in the end. It is always advised to carefully calculate the cost of import before making the final decision.