If you have ever been to a new car dealership than you have likely seen red carpets being rolled out while marching bands parade around you playing your favorite song. Of course, all of this happened while you were also given a foot massage and a manicure!

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t as extravagant as that, but you get the idea.

On the other hand, when it comes time to buy a used car, the experience is less than glamorous. If you find yourself in this very position, below are some questions to ask yourself and a car dealer.

Do You Really Need to Buy a Car?

First up, be sure that you actually need to buy a car, new or used. While it may seem like an obvious yes, consider the cost saving benefits of using a dollar car rental coupon from Groupon Coupons for the times when you need a vehicle for an extended period of time. Options like these are great ways to reduce the costs of owning a car because you only pay for it when you need it.

What Can You Tell Me About the Previous Owner?

If you are sure that you need a car then the next question is for the car dealer and it has to do with the previous owner.  The reason to ask this questions is to help you gain a better understanding of how the vehicle was driven before it arrived at the lot.

For example, if the dealer tells you that the previous owner was an elderly couple then it could be reasonable to expect that car was driven carefully and only on short journey close to the owners home. If, however, they tell you that the previous owner was a learner driver then it’s probably likely that the car’s transmission system has seen better days or was potentially driven a little rougher than you would like.

Whatever the answer is, put yourself in the shoes of the previous owner and decide what type of treatment the vehicle was put up against before it was sold.

How Well Was It Maintained?

In addition to finding out about the previous owner, it’s also important to find out just how well the vehicle was maintained. After all, just because it was only driven carefully doesn’t mean that the owner fixed every problem which arose.

The best place to get your answer is by reading the log book which should be with every used car and completed by the previous mechanic. This will include all of the information you need about the type of services it received, any part replacements completed, along with information about the type and quality of lubricants used inside the engine.

When it comes to buying a used car these are the three top questions to ask. Once you have the answers above, always be sure to trust your instincts. If you take a car for a test drive and it just doesn’t seem right, keep looking.