It does not matter if you are buying a used Honda or a used Mitsubishi, you need to make sure that the car you buy is reliable and not someone else’s headache. Most people cannot afford a brand new car, and the only option they are left with is purchasing a used car.
The advantages of a used car include lower property assessment taxes in states where this is applicable, and considerably lower insurance costs. But, as we mentioned, you could also be investing in someone’s used Mitsubishi or used Honda headache.
So what can you do to lower the chance of buying a clunker?
Shop around for a used car that is a newer model year that could still have part of the original warranty coverage still in effect. Some of them may still have a considerable amount of time on the power train and transmission warranty, and this could be something that gives you peace of mind.
Also, make sure that the warranty is fully transferable to you. Just because the warranty is there, it may not do you any good if you cannot use it because you are not the original owner.
See if the car lot you are hoping to buy your used Mitsubishi Canter or used Honda from carries Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. These are going to be older vehicles with less than 50,000 miles on them that have been inspected by the automaker and certified to be in excellent working condition.
Find Japanese cars to see if there have been any substantial recalls or safety defects on the make, model, and year of the car you are planning to buy. Have the VIN number of the car handy as you can find out whether or not the problem was repaired or let go by the previous owner, as every recall and safety issue that is addressed is notated with the manufacturer.
Have a mechanic who will be working for your benefit give the vehicle a good inspection to make sure it is in tip-top shape. Ask to see all of the car’s service records if the dealer has them. If you live in a state where an inspection is required, make sure the car can pass all aspects of it.
Finally, take the VIN number and request an automobile history report through a company like CARFAX to ensure the vehicle has not been in any serious accidents, had the odometer tampered with, was a lemon that was bought back, or was in a flood and shipped elsewhere after the claim was settled.