Often, it is easy to get caught up in buying a new car, even if the car is used but new to you only. In this case, it’s essential to do some observing to get a sense of the previous treatment of the car, and this is often ascertained through a combination of ways: observing the condition of the car, level of preparedness like the car’s being vacuumed, and also the seller’s lifestyle, which can contribute to your understanding of how the car has been treated. Buying a used car in Toronto can be tricky and a little observation can help you succeed in the trade.
If the seller is slouchy and messy in his or her personal life, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the car will be as well. Still, if the owner is detail-oriented in the lifestyle then, perhaps, this can spill over into how the car has been treated, not that one should be suspicious by nature but that one should be attentive. A person who shows up in a business suit with a briefcase is more likely to be credible as well as dependable. Asking to see the car’s repair records, either way, will set the record straight in the end and is recommended.
While it is fun to associate lifestyle with car, a parallel can’t always be drawn, but this fun song by folk musician Bill Morrissey does make some fun of the ways in which lifestyle can tell you about a car owner in the song, “Car and Driver:”
“I got Mercedes Benz with MD plates/I have no trouble finding dates/
I just airbrushed my econoliner/a friend of the devil is a friend of mine.
Now my Honda Civic is a real go getter/I look great in it in my crew neck sweater/
I got a 1980 Subaru one more semester and then I’m through
And my BMW draws applause because I’m not bound by traffic laws/
I got a Ranger truck I’m for import quotas I won’t park next to no Toyotas/
I make a lot a living in a high tech job yeah I drive a turbo Saab/
Now my Volvo wagon will seat six it will run on diesel or trail mix/
I’ll bet you a ten or even a five’er you find the car and I’ll find the driver/
It really ain’t a no big deal to know who’s inside that automobile.”