Before purchasing a used vehicle from a private vendor, you should test drive it and have it inspected. Have it inspected by a mechanic you trust. Test drive it for a sufficient length of time: driving around the block is not enough.

Test drive

If the vendor does not allow you to test drive the vehicle, do not go through with the transaction. This vendor may be trying to hide a serious mechanical problem from you.

Mechanical inspection

The inspection by mechanic is done at your expense. This expertise can guide you in your decision whether or not to purchase the vehicle. It will allow you to have a clear picture of its condition.


Focus on the problems you have discovered following the inspection and test drive as you negotiate the price of the vehicle.

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Last update : May 3, 2021

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