What To Look For In Used Minivans
April 7, 2015
If your next vehicle will be a minivan, you may or may or may not want to get something used. New minivans are often very expensive if you are getting a second car, so think about used minivans when you are shopping. When checking them out, there are a few things that you must insist upon, and some extras that you may want to have when you make your final choice. Most who choose these cars have children and need them to get everyone around, therefore any old minivan is not always what will work best for you and your family.
As with other cars, always check used minivans for rust. If you live where winter is a pain, salt from the roads can do a number on the bottom of any vehicle. Look under your possible minivan before you decide to do any further checking. If you see rust, you may want to move on. You should also check used minivans for sliding doors that won’t work. These are often problematic on older minivans, so these are always something you should check over before you get too far. If they don’t work, you want to find something else.
If everything looks okay so far, you can then check used minivans like you would any other type of vehicle. You should have a mechanic look over the the engine and all relevant mechanical parts of the minivan. You want to make sure the engine is in good shape, that all electrical parts like the windows and moving seats work as they should. The overall shape of the frame of the used minivans is also important, so make sure that is checked out as well. Any good mechanic can tell you if a car is worth the asking price or if there are major safety or mechanical concerns about which you should know.
Once you have found used minivans that you think are up to par, you can start to think about the extras that you may want. Some people assume that because they are buying used that they can not expect to have some nice features. Someone once bought these used minivans new and they may have come with some great extras. A remote car starter can be problematic on an older van, but if you can find one with this included, it is a huge bonus. Some also come with DVD players, which can be great if you have kids that easily get bored.
You also want to look into the history of the used minivans that you want to buy. Though some may pass a close inspection and may have a lot of cool extras, there are some problems that you won’t know about until you see a report on the history of the car. Some frame problems can seem fine but compromise the safety of the car, and you may not know that unless you see the car history. Ask for a CarFax so you know where the minivan has been and what it has been through. Only then can you make your final decision about which minivans are the best choice for your family.