Find out what you need to know about buying a car and be aware of your rights and responsibilities. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises.
Check the background and reliability of the opposite party
Have a close look at the website of the vendor or broker. Google the name of the company and see if you can find experiences reported by other users in chatrooms, etc. The less an enterprise says about itself, the more cautious you should be.
Carefully consider what is available
Never buy a car on the basis of an impulse decision! Carefully consider what is available and what the prices are like in multiple sources. It is a good idea to focus on a few makes of car that suit you. Find out about these makes and manufacturers in trade magazines, from experts and from people you know.
Before starting your trip to buy a car, gather additional information on a few particularly interesting cars to see which ones are worth looking at more closely and what kind of vendor you are dealing with. This will help you avoid unproductive visits.
Cheap is rarely good
When you read ads and surf online, always bear in mind that cheap is good only very, very rarely. It is rational to suspect that something is wrong if a car has a low odometer reading, is in good condition, looks good and has not been crashed but is still offered at a rock-bottom price.
Remember these points!
Before you decide to go abroad to buy a car, make sure that you are familiar with the regulations regarding:
- vehicle inspection
Further information on these is available from Customs and from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi).