Take advantage of what M25ParknSell.com has to offer!
Before you spend hours perusing Craigslist or driving from dealership to dealership, check out M25ParknSell.com! It’s the easier and cheaper way to buy!
You will find our display lot full of cars “For Sale by Owner.” You contact the owner when you have questions, want to test drive, or are ready to make an offer. There are no salespeople breathing down your neck, pressuring you to buy. So, come on down and take your time looking!
How to buy a car from a private seller:
- Try to shop locally. (It’s a lot easier!)
- Ask the seller for the car mileage and service records.
- Get a vehicle history report from The State of Michigan’s DMV. This report includes the car’s prior owners, accident and theft history, and maintenance and repair records.
- Check for recalls at www.safercar.gov.
- Look up the vehicle’s fair market value using Kelley Blue Book.
- Verify the make, model, year, mileage, vehicle identification number (VIN), and condition of the car with the seller. Check the VIN on the car against the paperwork.
- Check the registration to the title and the seller’s ID.
- Check the vehicle’s title for liens.
- If the car is less than five years old and has fewer than 100,000 miles, call the original dealer to see if the manufacturer’s or dealer’s warranty is in effect.
- Test drive the vehicle – and do it during the day when it’s easier to see potential issues.
- Hire your own mechanic to inspect the vehicle.
- Bring a friend for safety, if possible.
- It’s OK to haggle. Negotiate if you think a lower price is in order.
- Consider an escrow service.
- Buy a car with a real title.
- Register your car after you buy it.
- Get a car insurance policy on the car before driving into the sunset!
- Don’t use the seller’s chosen mechanic.
- Don’t use cash
- Don’t use untraceable wire services to send money unless you have the car and title.
- Don’t buy from someone who isn’t named on the title and registration.
- Don’t buy a salvage title car.
- Don’t be pressured.
- Don’t be in a rush.
Inspect the vehicle
- Air filter for oil
- Battery for corrosion
- Car body for physical, water, and rust damage
- Engine oil and coolant for grit and particles
- Heat and air conditioning
- Overheating of engine
- Tires for defects
- Wear and tear of gas and brake pedals
- Signs of repairs, bodywork (fresh paint, new upholstery, new rubber on brakes), and oil or water leaks
Test drive the car : Tips
- Check the exterior of the car for wear and tear.
- Check how the tires look. Is there an uneven tread?
- How do the brakes and rotors look?
- Underneath the car, are there any observable leaks?
- Does everything seem intact?
- Start the car and listen for any hesitation in the start.
- Drive in stop-and-go traffic and on the highway.
- Observe for anything out of the ordinary. Drive with the stereo off so you can hear.
- Does the check engine light come on?
- Is it easy to steer and brake?
- Test every electronic device, especially the A/C.
Questions to Ask the Seller
1. Do you have the title?
2. Was the car maintenanced regularly?
3. What repairs have been done?
4. Does the car need further work?
5. Are service records available?
4. Has the car been in any accidents?
5. Which features don’t work the way they’re supposed to?
6. Is there any reason you wouldn’t take the car on a cross-country road trip?
5. Why are you selling the car?
8. How did you arrive at the selling price?
10. Is the car under a manufacturer’s warranty or service plan?
11. Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
Ready to buy a car? Search online or stop by our lot to find your next new-to-you vehicle!