Test Drive Before You Buy

Before You Buy

Before you decide to buy your pre-owned car; SilverFox Auto Sales would like you to spend some time to read this page and make yourself comfortable towards buying. We also encourage you to visit MVSA (http://www.mvsabc.com) and  Autotrader (http://www.autotrader.ca) websites with more information about the steps toward buying your pre-owned car.

MVSA suggested the following Buying Tips:

  • Know your financial limit
  • Research vehicle features, quality and prices
  • Go with someone who knows vehicles and contracts
  • There is no need to stay or purchase if you feel pressured
  • Understand the terms of any deposit you leave
  • Test drive for at least 30 minutes and check all the features
  • Get a used vehicle inspection or a copy of an inspection report before you buy
  • Get a used vehicle history report or a copy of a vehicle history report before you buy
  • Get any promises or extras in writing
  • Only sign a contract you have read and really understand
  • Get a copy of every document you sign and keep it in your records
  • There is no return policy once you sign


Auto Trader suggested the following Buying Tips:

Buying a used car makes sense financially because someone else has already paid for most of its drastic depreciation in value. With thousands of cars available, you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and fits your budget.

  • Decide your budget for the car, taking into account car insurance and fuel costs to help determine your financing requirements. Talk to your dealer, local bank or review your savings to determine how you’re going to finance the car.

Once you’ve identified a car you’re interested in, contact the seller.

  • Ask questions about the car e.g. condition of the exterior, prior accidents, history of the car.
  • Also verify details stated in the ad like mileage, year, etc.
  • Set-up a time to view the car, keeping enough time to inspect and test-drive the car.

Before you head out to inspect the car, make sure it’s a good prospect so that you don’t waste your or the seller’s time. When inspecting the car:

  • Check the exterior for any damage or scratches.
  • Check if all the interior features work e.g. windows, locks, audio system, etc. Does the interior look well maintain? What’s the condition of the upholstery?
  • Be sure to test drive the car before you buy. When test driving, make sure it feels like a comfortable ride for your intended use. For example, are you going to use the car more for long trips or short runs? Are you going to drive more in the city or on the highway?
  • Drive the car at different speeds and conditions, e.g. bumpy roads, slopes, etc.
  • Test the brakes for effectiveness and any noises. How do the brakes perform when you use them at higher speeds?
  • Test the car’s acceleration – both when you’re cruising and also when you’re starting from a hard stop.
  • Check to handle of the car for sharp turns, reverse, parking maneuverability, etc.
  • Check the engine and other mechanical parts of the car or have a mechanic do this for you.
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