Finding and choosing used SUVs is not the difficulty, but selecting a model with the right paper trail and vehicle information may be good enough reason for you to deal direct with an auto sales business that checks all the documentation for you, before selecting a model for sale.
Checking for an SUV Online
Private sales and those from the auto business are almost always posted online, so you can see information about the vehicle before considering which models to test drive.
When you purchase direct from the current owner, apart from taking your friendly expert mechanic to check the vehicle from top to bottom, carefully checking all the documentation helps ensure that you won’t purchase a stolen vehicle or used SUVs that have been through unknown accidents.
When you purchase used SUVs from a company whose sole business is to sell used vehicles, you can ask them to prove all the facts and figures about previous owners and check that exact details confirming the engine and chassis number are correct.
Has the SUV Been Used Off Road?
Unless you have purchased trucks or SUVs before, you may only have experience of vehicles designed for well surfaced highways. You can ask if the vehicle has been used off road, but you may not receive the most truthful of replies and the current owner or dealer may not know. A full mechanical check of the off-road gearbox and underlying suspension system will help determine the vehicle’s real history.
Taking the vehicle for a test drive is important because the vehicle must feel right for you and can achieve the targets and reasons for your purchase. Should you be taking the SUV off-road regularly, you should test it in similar circumstances to see how it will perform. When you search online, you may be able to find a high number of real reviews about how the vehicle performs before you even consider the first test drive.
An expert will be able to tell you if the quality of the upholstery looks good in comparison to the mileage of the vehicle. Some used SUVs may have been treated poorly as some individuals believe that SUVs share the same lifestyle as trucks and commercial vehicles. Where they have been used for business purposes, what was usually transported inside the vehicle?
What experiences can you share from purchasing an SUV either privately, or direct from an auto business?