Second-hand cars: the 6 points you should keep in mind before buying a VO

Second-hand cars: the 6 points you should keep in mind before buying a VO
Second-hand car sales don’t stop growing; during the first half of 2021, they increased by 42%. With these six keys you will know what steps you should follow to avoid making mistakes when buying a VO

1.- Be clear about the second-hand car you need

Do not buy a bigger or more powerful car than necessary (you will pay more for it, in addition to more taxes and more money in fuel and insurance). Regarding the motorization, choose an electric or plug-in hybrid car if you have to enter low-emission zones; a gasoline if you travel 18,000 km a year or less and a diesel if you travel more or it is a large and heavy vehicle, such as a minivan or an SUV.

2.- Look for the unit in the best condition

Keep an open mind about details like color or finish and always look for well-maintained vehicles that have not suffered serious blows and, as far as possible, with the maintenance carried out in the official service or, at least, perfectly documented (ask the owner). In the world of second-hand cars it is said that “it is always cheaper to spend a little more money on a unit in good condition”.

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3.- Request the vehicle ownership report

This document indicates the administrative status of the vehicle, if it has any seizure or seal, if it is up to date with the ITV or the number of previous owners. This way you will avoid ‘surprises’ in the purchase. It costs 8.59 euros and you can request it through:

  • The web dgt.es, in the ‘Vehicle report’ section: for this, you must be registered in the digital identification system [email protected] and pay the rate 4.1 (8.59 euros).
  • The miDGT app. Access ‘My procedures’ and, once there, the section ‘Vehicle report’; You will always have to pay the fee of 8.59 euros.
  • You can also order it in person at a Traffic Headquarters requesting an appointment (on the dgt.es website or by calling 060).
  • In an agency: They will charge you from 15 e and they will send it directly to your email.

4.- Inspect the vehicle’s documentation

Check that the technical data sheet corresponds to the vehicle and that the registration certificate is in the name of the person who sells it to you (or that this has a power of attorney from the seller). In addition, it requests the maintenance invoices to know that it has been carried out. In addition, check that you have the road tax and insurance up to date.

5.- Have it checked by a mechanic you trust

Whenever you go to buy a second-hand car, ask the seller for it and if he does not accept or hits, at least … suspect. Once in the workshop, ask to check the car both mechanically and chassis, to check that it has not suffered major breakdowns or blows: it will cost you from approx. 60 euros / hour.

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6.- Attentive: if there are several guarantees

  • If you buy a vehicle that still has a factory warranty: Depending on the brand, it can be from two to seven years (even more if the first owner purchased a warranty extension) and they are not lost even if the vehicle changes ownership. In addition, if you bought your car from a dealer or a dealer, it will be covered, during the months remaining to the manufacturer’s warranty, by two warranties: the brand and the one that, by law, the seller must offer you, one year from the time of delivery.
  • If you buy a second-hand car that does not have a factory warranty:

1.- If you buy it from a dealer or dealer: By law, it must give you at least one year of warranty. But be careful, because the vast majority of professionals contract the guarantee of their vehicles with external companies: therefore, read the contract very well, to know what covers you and who to claim in case of breakdown.

2.- If you buy it from an individual: A private individual does not have the obligation to give you a guarantee, but to sell it to you without ‘hidden defects or defects’ (those that were not in sight at the time of purchase or about which the buyer did not warn even knowing them).

If you detect any breakdown or failure that they had not indicated, you will have six months to complain to the seller, filing a lawsuit. Now, it will be you who must provide evidence that this defect existed at the time of acquisition (for example, with an expert report with legal value; it costs from 300 euros). If you win the lawsuit, you will have the right to have the seller fix the breakdown or you can return the car and get your money back.

Why shouldn’t you buy a second-hand car that’s more than 6 or 7 years old?

Because a 2015 car emits up to 90% less NOx and microparticles in suspension (PM) than a 2005 car; it also spends, on average, 25% less. In addition, a 2015 vehicle equips many more safety measures (the ESP and the tire pressure monitoring sensor are mandatory for cars sold in the European Union since 2014). And finally, There is the issue of mobility restrictions: if today vehicles without an environmental label (gasoline prior to 2001 and diesel, to 2006) cannot access the Low Emission Zones of Barcelona and Madrid, from 2025 they will not be able to do so either, for For example, to the municipal area of ​​the capital.

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