When to Avoid Buying a Used Car - Toyota Parts Blog
Because of the slow economy, more and more people are buying used cars instead of new cars.
In many cases, buying used is a great way to save money while still finding a reliable vehicle. However, there are times when you should avoid buying a used car.
You’ll want to avoid buying a used car in the situations outlined below.
- Avoid Buying Fleet Vehicles – Buying old rental cars and other fleet vehicles is usually not a good idea. These vehicles have high mileage and have been driven hard. In many cases, these vehicles are just about ready for the junk yard.
- Vehicles Out of Production – Try to stay away from these vehicles unless the carmaker has a good history of still manufacturing parts for it.
- Cars with Modifications – If someone has transformed a family sedan into a street racer, stay away from it. Who knows what modifications have been made to the engine. Stick with the used cars that still have all their stock parts.
- Cars That have been in Accidents – It’s better to stay away from cars that have been in accidents. You never know if they have a bent frame or if something else is messed up on them. It’s not worth the risk.
- “Low Mileage” Vehicles – Be weary of “low mileage” vehicles. It’s possible the odometer may have been set backwards.