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Doing your do diligence before buying a second hand vehicle is essential in avoiding all kinds of unfortunate mishaps. First of all it is important not to rely solely on what your dealer has to say. Their job is to sell you a vehicle at all costs because they work on commission and have a certain quota they must meet.
Carfax.com reports on a vehicle stating whether they have been in a collision or not shouldn't be enough to make a buyer feel comfortable about buying a vehicle. Even if the vehicle is structurally sound and has low mileage doesn't mean that it is a good buy.
When researching a vehicle one must always look into things such as;
1. Is the vehicle still in production?
2. Are spare parts easy to find and affordable?
3. Is the vehicle in question capable of holding it's value should one decide to re sell it?
4. Does it require a lot of maintenance?
5. Is the car in question made by the company itself or is it a sub brand? You should never buy a car that has a certain brand on it but was manufactured by another company. This leads to issues when things go wrong and neither of the companies are willing to take responsibility for any problems the vehicle may have.
6. Is it easy to find a mechanic who will be able to service it? In many cases when a vehicle is old it's manufacturer may no longer be in business so finding a mechanic willing to work on an outdated vehicle without providing them with a users manual could cause liability risks they are not willing to take.
7. Does the vehicle come with free maintenance coverage?
8. Is the car covered by a solid warranty?
9. Has the vehicle had a history of malfunctions, recalls or simply didn't pass the crash tests as well as other vehicles in it's class.
When buying or leasing a brand new vehicle you won't find a repair manual that is updated to the latest model. For instance if you buy or lease a new vehicle you may not find the appropriate manual due to it not being released yet. If you buy a 2014 model you'll probably need to make due with buying the 2012 repair manual.
The most updated repair manuals may be purchased directly from the original manufacturer but they are extremely costly and may come in multiple volumes.
This is the reason why the Haynes Repair Manual Series is so great! They are affordable easy to read and considerably detailed considering their size.
Haynes Manuals are therefore essential for all second hand car buyers especially if their car tends to break down a lot. Although some people prefer relying on their family mechanics to take care of their cars not everyone is so lucky to know one.
Often when you go to a mechanic without any knowledge of the cause of the malfunction you could easily be fooled and ripped off especially if your car breaks down on a road trip. Having a Haynes Manual at your disposal can give you a chance to figure out what is wrong and do some quick online research regarding what the market value for the repairs would actually cost.
Using that knowledge it will be far harder for a mechanic to yank your chain and lighten your wallet.