For us, we chose to buy from a known used car dealer/ automall so we can avail of purchasing the unit through bank financing. It's the safer way because the papers and the vehicles are inspected by the bank so you're sure that you're purchasing a good unit. If you don't have a mechanic to check the unit when you're canvassing, you must check if the engine starts and runs smooth and that there are no extra noises. Do a test drive and feel for any suspension problems/ sounds. Check if engine temperature does not reach the red level when aircon is either on or off.
1. have a target budget
2. have a target model/ year based on your budget
3. try to look for possible buys either online or visiting used car dealers
4. compare your options and go for the ones you think is better by:
- checking/ comparing price against mileage (odometer reading)
- physical conditions (paint/ tires/ engine)
- service records/ replaced or repaired parts and clean
5. casa maintained
6. go for 3-5 yrs model (max)
7. negotiate for free transfer of ownership
8. as a bonus if you can find a unit that has been registered more recently so that it will still take a
few months or a year at most before you renew the vehicles registration
Hope this helps.