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  • Know what you're looking for before you walk into the dealership. The internet is an excellent research tool and can arm you with everything from prices and specifications to independent reviews. If you go in prepared you are in a much better position to start wheeling and dealing.
  • Be aware of the standard features. Often dealers will have a display or demonstration car with optional features fitted. But, if you don't want those features, don't let the dealer push you into paying for them.
  • Buying a used vehicle. 
    • Inspect vehicle body for damages: Dents, Scratches, Differing, paint finishes *CAUTION*
    • Inspect vehicle engine: Includes service records/receipts, logbook, etc; Take to local trusted mechanic and ask for an inspection. If not able to take to local mechanic, RACQ check is a must. (Requires car's VIN and chassis number)
  • The fewer the owners the better. That way no information is lost along the way. Be wary of cars owned by older people because as most are driven too lightly they can gradually build up carbon over time from not being burned off by high temperatures. This will make the car sluggish and require more work.
  • Ask for documentation, it is key. If the owner doesn’t keep a record of service or any other work done to the car, then chances are he’s hiding something or hasn’t taken good care of the car. You don’t honestly know what you’re buying. Imported cars can be hard to find documentation for. If the car has been in the country for a while ask for as much info that they can supply. Use good judgement to avoid headaches later.
  • Mileage is not always a huge factor. If the owner can honestly say that the mileage is all (or majority highway) then high kilometres shouldn't scare you. It’s healthier for the engine to run on the highway then in the city, however make sure you can verify this.
  • 20,000km a year is average. When looking at a car match the present year to the year that the car was made. Multiply the difference in years by 20,000 km, this is a guide to how many kilometres the car should have. Anything under and anything over should be questioned to verify the health of the engine. An example to use good judgement on would be a government or hire cars as they will have higher mileage but they are serviced regularly as the fleet companies make sure they are done on time. But this isn't always a smart buy as they are driven really hard due to being company owned, not driver owned.

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