Good used sedan: how to choose? Where to buy? What are the risks?

Since they are new cars from premium brands, they are not so much better as they are more expensive.

The secondary market softens the difference considerably – the “premium” loses in price faster than the “middle class”.

And this can be used.

We compare price tags

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class (1.8, automatic) cost less than 2 million rubles in 2012. The new Kia Optima (2.0, automatic transmission) – about a million. Ten years later, the situation on the secondary market is completely different. Optima has become more expensive: the average price of ten-year-old cars with a mileage of no more than 150 thousand km is 1.18 million rubles. And the C-class has fallen in price: the average price under the same conditions is 1.27 million, almost overtaken!

This circumstance makes the purchase of an elderly “premium” relatively advantageous.

What will break?

But then the car still needs to be maintained. Many consumables and most spare parts for “premium” are more expensive than for “regular” cars. Some are two or three times. Just minor bodywork and repainting – for the same price.

It is naive to expect that premium cars won’t break anything after 100 thousand kilometers. Will be. And failures can be costly. Marketers attribute the use of innovative technologies to the advantages of cars. Perhaps it is. But only until the electronics, eight-speed automatics and direct-injection biturbos start to falter. In the normal state of the body, the main money shakers on cars with a mileage of 100 thousand km are engines.

You have to be mentally prepared for this, take care of a used “premium” with quite a few kilometers. Better to choose simple configurations – without matrix LED optics, air suspension or steering system. Fix everything at modern prices – you won’t save enough.

Premium risks

There are many horror stories on the web that cause scammers to engage in the sale of premium used cars. Nearly all of the proposals contain hidden incitement in the form of pending pledges, loans, leases and unpaid fines for a huge amount. Semi-restored after serious accidents, while being issued as undefeated. Many cars are listed as stolen. And almost all the damn miles.

There really are a lot of scammers. But in reality, the risks involved in buying a “premium” are not much greater than buying other cars. There are even some statistics.

About 15% of the mileage “premiums” had an accident, 13% had a duplicate of TCP; leasing and commitments are disclosed in 4%. Unpaid fines – in units.

As for the spinning, there is nothing to doubt. Depreciated 100 thousand km on the sale of “premium” gives a significant profit of 200-500 thousand rubles, or even more. Not every seller will resist. So “mileage of 89 thousand km” actually often means “189” or even “289”.

When getting to know the car, you can’t look at the instrument data at all. Checking with a scanner through the OBD-II on-board diagnostic system guarantees nothing, they also learned how to twist it there. It is better to read service booklets with service marks and judge the mileage by indirect signs – the condition of the seats, the wear of the windshield, steering wheel, pedals.

In the current circumstances, it is certainly for the “premium” that the pre-sale technology, popularly called “cutting”, will be used more often. Two incurably broken copies of the same model are cut into pieces, also over the power elements, welded from them into something new and then repainted. Traces of such actions can be visually detected only in certain cases, for example, when the seams are hidden under door seals. You need an experienced eye that knows what and where to look.

More than 60% of the cars are clean and from honest sellers. The only question is how to find them.

Where to buy

A reasonable limit, where the first owners usually sell “premium”, is 80-120 thousand km. Obviously you won’t be spending money on a suspension bulkhead, replacing timing chains, tackling stuck rings, cleaning jets and valves. Among the 10 year old cars, “first owner” is extremely small, finding one is a huge success.

  • The most hassle-free option for buying a “premium” is the official trade-in.

There the car will be carefully checked for legal cleanliness, they are not involved in cutting and falsifying documents. Working fluids will most likely be replaced with the fluids recommended by the manufacturer, not anything else. And if something happens, it’s easier for the dealer to file a claim than it is not known to anyone.

In addition, there is a choice in the large salon: several copies of the same model. When searching with private owners, to inspect the same 4-5 cars, it will take you several days. Reason enough to request a trade-in. The prices there are higher than the average market (although they say otherwise), but only slightly. You can think of this as a margin for the “purity” of the trade.

  • The most dubious option is resellers, from private individuals to stationary showrooms.

“Cuts”, broken VINs, duplicate TCPs and other fraud often come from them.

Officials also twist the mileage, but less often and without fanaticism – they do not decrease by hundreds of thousands. More reliable than a trade-in perhaps, just a good old friend, colleague or family member. And this generally applies to all cars with mileage.

  • We’ve collected the most interesting options for premium used sedans here.
  • “Behind the wheel” can also be read in Yandex.Zen.

Source: Z R


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