Ideally, a lot of thought should go behind buying a used car. While the number of things to consider before making the decision increase exponentially each day, there are some which are paramount, and should never be ignored.
CARSEER provides a detailed report of these factors in their car history report. In the report, CARSEER goes into through global databases to make sure the used car you are about to buy serves you well. Every CARSEER Vehicle History Report contains:
The summary section contains a preview of vital information and alerts on the second hand vehicle you intend to buy. From the summary section, you can immediately tell if the vehicle has some major issues such as vehicle origin, number of previous owners, and the last readings on the car’s odometer. From the section, you can quickly tell the condition of the car, if the car has a history of problems, and a rough estimate of how far the car has travelled over its lifetime.
Furthermore, this section gives you the make and model of the car, and year of manufacture. It’s an ideal summary to help you learn about the car, and help you make a quick purchase decision.
Used cars go through several owners during their lifetime. Since each owner makes small modifications to make the vehicle meet his or her needs, when you buy the car, it might not be in its original condition. For instance, one owner may change the engine in the car to diesel if it used regular unleaded fuel. Another owner may change the trim of the car, perhaps to upgrade it.
When you are buying a used car, you want to know everything there is to know about the car. This includes all the general information about the car. The CARSEER report provides you with accurate general information of the car. i.e. car trim, engine size, fuel type, made in.
The information is important when you are making a purchase decision. For instance, if you know the trim, you can tell if the previous owner took out something, or added something to the car.
Another important bit of information you really want to know is where the vehicle was imported from. Most of the cars in the market are imports. Knowing which country the car came from gives you an idea as to the usage of the car. Consider a car imported from Germany. You would expect the vehicle, even if it is a second hand vehicle, to be in pristine condition compared to a car imported from a country with bad roads. Additionally, knowing where the car was imported from also gives you a clue about how the car handles on the road.
This section also gives you a brief as to whether the car has ever been stolen. Car thieves are likely to do some damage to the car. If the car has a record of being stolen, you should be careful.
Suppose you’re buying a second hand vehicle through a website. There is no way for you to verify if the image displayed on the website is the actual representation of the car. How you can be sure what you are seeing is what the seller delivers at the conclusion of the transaction? The CARSEER report gives you the actual photo of the vehicle. In fact the report gives you the most current photo of the vehicle, giving you an actual representation of the vehicle.
With the photos, you have a good perception of the vehicle which is quite good in telling the condition of the vehicle. You can compare the photos with those supplied by the seller to see if there are any discrepancies.
Ranking and Review
Lastly, the report gives you a highly detailed report of the car. The review includes facts such as how the car drives, the level of comfort you can expect and other details that will help you make the right decision. All the pros and cons are covered in this section so that you don’t have to go looking elsewhere.
These details are quite important because they are based on the actual reports of owners of the exact model of the car. From their experiences, you can tell you if you will enjoy using the car for the purposes you have in mind. Also, you can tell if the car model has any associated problems that are linked to the manufacturer.
Service and repair information
Knowing a car’s service repair history is crucial. The information gives you a hint as to how the previous car owners treated the car. If the history shows regular service and repair records, then you are sure the owners maintained the car properly. On the other hand, if there are lots of repair records, that might be an indication that the car was exposed to especially extreme use.
The service and repair information also gives you a hint as to how well the car will serve you. A car with a rich service record will serve you better than a car with a sporadic history. Armed with such information, you have the upper hand when negotiating with a used car salesman.
How the vehicle was previously used is a key indicator on the wear and tear you can expect in a vehicle. If the vehicle was previously a rental car or a taxi, then you would expect it to show more mileage. If the car was however a lease, used by a private individual, then you would expect low mileage.
CARSEER Vehicle History Report gives you detailed vehicle usage since the car came out of the showroom. The details are a clear indication of the current market value of the car. Without such details, it would be quite hard to judge the condition of the car since it would be easy for the salesman to mislead you just to get the sale.
In this section, you get a detailed overview of any incidents the car may have been involved in. The section details both major and minor accidents the car may have been in since it was manufactured. The details also give you a hint as to what you expect to spend down the line after buying the car.
Total Loss Accident History
If a car was involved in a severe accident, causing it to be written off, you would want to know, right? The section provides you with a detailed overview of whether the car was involved in an accident leading to total loss. If it was, then you are probably looking at a car that was salvaged. As such, the value of the car should be far more less than that of ordinary second hand cars. These details are crucial in negotiations and when you are making a purchase decision.
Vehicle ownership/registration history
A car’s history of ownership is important on several levels. First, the ownership history gives you a general overview of the number of people who’ve owned the car previously. From that number, you can make several deductions. If the car has had a lot of owners in the past, it might be an indication that there’s something off with the car. Always search for vehicles with one previous owner, or with minimal previous owners.
One of the biggest frauds you have to be on the lookout for when buying a second hand car is the odometer reading. Unscrupulous dealers will manipulate these readings to give you a false sense that the vehicle has a low mileage. Doing that allows the dealers to sell the car for more than it is worth.
The CARSEER report gives you an accurate reading of the last odometer. You get the exact figure so that you are not conned. Armed with the figure, you can tell if the vehicle is right for you and for your needs.
Flood, Damage, Salvage and Junk Reports
A detailed section about issues reported about the car is important when you’re buying a second hand car. If the car was reported as being damaged as a result of a flood, fire, or other calamity, there’s a chance that the car might cost you a lot more than the purchase price down the road. Cars that were reported as damaged as a result of water or fire tend to be high maintenance vehicles.
The section flags all reported issues with the car, including whether previous owners piled junk in the car. Armed with such information, you can make the right purchase decision. Furthermore, the seller cannot mislead you when you have a detailed report of the car’s history.
CARSEER gives you all these details collected from several sources across the world. Use this section to make the right purchase decision.
The manufacturer may opt to recall a model after it discovers malfunctions in that model. Most of these recalls are as a result of safety issues with vehicle models. To be sure that the car you are about to buy is completely safe and has the manufacturer’s guarantee, CARSEER provides a detailed report showing if there were any recalls issued by the manufacturer or the agencies.