How old is ‘old’?
Most of the time, a car that is only two years old and has run less than 20,000km is a decent bet. Whereas, based on your budget, you can also even go for an older car, only if still its production or the spares are available. Also, it is advisable to stay away from the cars which have been chauffeur-driven as they usually tend to age very quickly. It is very much common to tamper with the odometer and then lower its reading in a bid to con the potential buyers. However, you should always check for the service records while buying used cars in Fresno. Doing so will not only help you to know how much the car has actually run but also can help you to ascertain if the car has been serviced regularly at any authorized service stations.
Get the car checked by a mechanic
You must be using cars for many years or you might be having a fair amount of knowledge regarding the mechanical components of the car but it is stilled advisable to take a skilled mechanic along with you in order to inspect the car you are planning to buy. Not only the mechanic is going to have a good eye for even the smallest kinds of niggles but he will even give you an idea regarding the cost of all the repair work.
Check insurance records
You can easily gather much of the data on all the insurance claims that are made at the service center. With this, you can easily understand what all the car has been through in its past and the kind of mishaps it has gone through. Most of the time, the car owners get repairs done at some authorized dealerships through their insurance.
Take a long test drive, multiple times
Take up the car you are planning to buy a test drive. In fact, you should take it on multiple test drives. You can also ask your mechanic or any friend to drive the car if you don’t know how to drive.