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What to Look for When Buying Your Suzuki

by Amy Walters

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Buying a used car can be a great way to pick up an affordable yet quality vehicle, particularly with a trusted make such as Suzuki. However, it can also turn into an absolute nightmare if you aren’t careful! There are a few essential things you’ll need to know when you’re buying second-hand, so here’s a list of 4 vital things to look for when buying your Suzuki.

Do an Online REVS Check
One of the very first things you should do when interested in a second-hand Suzuki is to perform a REVS check. To do this, you will need the VIN number of the vehicle. The results will let you know if the car has been has money owing through finance, saving you from having the car repossessed on account of a previous owner’s debt.

Full Vehicle History
Also using the VIN, you can request a full Vehicle History Report which will give you information on whether the vehicle has been written off, damaged by storms or flooded. In addition, you will receive a full current valuation, safety and emissions rating, and an odometer wind-back check.

Logbooks and Manual Information
Ask to see the manual and logbooks for the car, and check to see that servicing and maintenance has been carried out according to Suzuki specifications. Most service centres will stamp the logbook with their information, so you can call them for additional details in regards to the car if you’d like any clarification. A car with an up to date logbook reflects an owner who takes the servicing of their car seriously, and you will be less likely to have significant issues in the long term.

Physical Inspection
A thorough physical and mechanical inspection of the car can be carried out by a professional for an additional fee. If choose to do the inspection yourself, there are a few things you need watch for. Bodywork should be in good condition, and if there are any variations or discrepancies in the paintwork it is possible that the car has been in an accident.

Fair wear and tear is to be expected, but be cautious of excessive damage caused by carelessness both inside and outside of the car. This can be an indication that the car has had a hard life, and could potentially cause problems further down the track.

If you keep in mind this checklist, you should be able to find yourself a quality used car. However for ultimate peace of mind, the best place to purchase is your local Suzuki Dealer . If you choose to buy from a dealer, not only will you receive great customer service during the buying process, but the after-sale support is second to none.

With a range of warranties available on used vehicles, buying from a dealer gives you the knowledge that should anything go wrong, you will be professionally looked after. Buying a used car can be a stressful experience, so consider the benefits of using an approved dealer when you go to buy your next Suzuki.

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