If you’re looking for a used car, let’s take stock of everything you need to know to make the right choice!
The used market is doing very well: it is estimated that around three out of four cars sold in France are used. Used cars therefore represent the vast majority of car transactions in France.
The offers are many, and professionals in the sector are coming across, while sales between individuals are still in good shape. If you are looking for one used carhere’s everything you need to know before you take the plunge.
Used car: what to check?
Before you commit to buying a used car, it’s important to take your time check its condition : Walk around the vehicle to inspect its general condition, checking the presence of scratches, dents or rust on the exterior, not forgetting the condition of the tires, which must not have hernias or foreign bodies. Inside, check the condition and operation of all equipment, and be aware of bad smells, such as can betray the presence of mold.
Do not neglect the operation of the car. Use all the equipment: lights, wipers, air conditioning, car radio, windows, sunroof… Also check the sealing under the car to make sure there are no oil or fluid leaks. Then take the wheel and check the mechanical functioning of the car: brakes, clutch, gearbox, engine…
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Used car: what mileage?
When you buy a used car, of course you know that it is not new and has already driven a certain number of kilometers, but it is still wise to choose best ratio between mileage and price. On average, a petrol vehicle is estimated to drive around 12,000 km per year, and a diesel car around 18,000 km per year: this will give you a good idea of the vehicle’s rating in relation to its mileage and age.
Also watch out for the tampered meter scam: about 5 to 12% of used vehicles are affected. In fact, some sellers do not hesitate to change the odometer to lower the mileage in order to sell the car more expensively. Require the presence of a maintenance book, accompanied by invoices, which must mention a uniform mileage.
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Used car: what formalities?
Once you’ve chosen your ideal used car, there are still some things you need to do. formalities to register as a new owner, and get a gray card in your name. Before taking the steps on the official website of ANTS (Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés), you must obtain certain documents from the seller.
In fact, you must use the registration document for the vehicle, crossed out with the words “Sold on” or “Sold on” followed by the date, and signed by the previous owner, a report from the technical inspection dating from less than 6 months ( if the vehicle is more than 4 years old), a certificate of administrative status (also called a certificate of non-mortgaging), as well as the declaration form for the transfer of a used vehicle (Cerfa 15776) duly completed and signed.
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While the used market is doing better than the new market, customers seem to be abandoning models that are less than a year old. https://t.co/9GyGN27wDI
— AutoPlus (@AutoPlusMag) August 8, 2022
Used car: mistakes to avoid
When buying a used car, there are certain mistakes to avoid : do not buy without counting and define your budget with rigor, do not go into the purchase with your eyes closed, and ask the seller for as many details and pictures as possible of the car, and above all, make an appointment to see the car with your own eyes, to avoid any scam.
Regarding the condition of the car, do not neglect the careful inspection of all the important points, such as the aesthetic and mechanical condition and the presence of rust or leaks. And above all, ask to test drive the car: you shouldn’t buy a used vehicle without making sure it’s in good condition. Finally, pay attention to the compliance of the papers and require the presence of all necessary documents such as the technical control report, the maintenance book as well as the gray card.
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Used car: how to import from abroad?
If you can’t find the used car of your dreams near you, you can tooimports from abroad : Indeed, it is common for motorists to buy their car in Europe, whether in Germany, Belgium or Spain. For this there are certain formalities to be carried out, in addition to a normal registration application in France.
In particular, you must present a certificate of conformity (COC), which certifies that the vehicle is approved by the manufacturer to drive in the EU, but also a tax approval, which certifies that the vehicle is in good condition with regard to VAT: You can get this from your tax office. And to travel with your vehicle, you need to apply for a provisional registration certificate (CPI), which allows you to drive for 4 months with a WW plate, the time when you have to complete the administrative procedures for your final registration.
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