When buying a premium used vehicle, a common concern is what kind of life the vehicle had before you sat down behind the wheel.
Prior to signing your name to one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, take the time to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into.
Without doubt, the most important thing you can do is carefully check over the vehicle yourself. Look for anything that raises questions in your mind and ask the seller to explain.
The person who owns the car should be able to answer your questions, either because they’ve had a long experience with the vehicle or they had similar questions themselves of an earlier owner. If you’re not getting the answer your inner voice wants to hear, you know further investigation is required.
When buying a premium used vehicle, always be wary of anything that seems too good to be true. Remember that information is power and there are steps you can take to make an informed decision.
One great way to find out where your ride has been is through a service called CarProof. This Canadian company has built a name for itself in the automotive industry as one of the most trusted methods for tracking the comprehensive history of a vehicle.
The company was in the news earlier this year after a couple purchased a car they thought was new but had previously been in a collision. The couple didn’t find out until a CarProof history report was generated months after they bought the car.
CarProof is offered by more than 5,000 dealers across the U.S. and in every Canadian province, including Victoria Premium Auto in Victoria, B.C.
A CarProof report can cost between $10 and $72 and, depending on the level of report you want, will give you accurate registration information, note any liens on the vehicle, and detail any collision history. The report includes details about odometer status and whether the vehicle has been actively reported stolen. The report also tells you what branding the car has been given by the government – any designation other than “normal” should be questioned.
CarProof gets its information from hundreds of data suppliers in Canada and the U.S., including government sources and private companies that inspected the vehicle in the past.