Buying second-hand: the precautions to take

The second-hand market has never done so well as it has in recent years. This applies to all areas, automotive, books, clothing, toys, furniture, mattresses, etc. The major cause of this craze for second-hand items is the fight against waste and recycling, although a general decline in purchasing power is also to be considered.

Either way, you still need to be careful when buying second-hand, because no one is on the lookout for the potential scams.

Carefully examine the merchandise before any purchase

Before buying a second-hand item, you should first inspect the merchandise from all angles to avoid unpleasant surprises. If this is a used car, carefully comb the body, engine and interior of the car to attest to its actual condition. The same is true for other products, such as the used mattress. The latter must be free of Bedbugs. The latter represent real scourges and are difficult to verify. However, a few clues may indicate their presence in the second-hand mattress: the presence of traces of droppings in the form of black traces impregnating the fabric.

Check the information provided at the point of sale

The information you see on the advertisement for your coveted product may not necessarily be true, especially if it is a used item. Before any transaction, it is strongly recommended that you go to the point of sale for a verification. For second-hand vehicles, they must have labeling with details such as make, model, version, finish, year of first entry into service, mileage, as well as the selling price. All these mentions, normally, are consistent with the information found in the commercial documents that the seller must provide during the sale.

Observe the documents provided by the seller

During a second-hand sale, the seller is required to provide certain documents, namely the order form, the delivery note or the invoice which then include information on the product purchased. If it is a more complex purchase such as a car, other documents are required: technical control report, certificate of non-pledge, certificate of registration, etc.

Test the merchandise before purchase

Buying second-hand is common and involves all kinds of products. To avoid unpleasant surprises, such as a product in poor condition when used at home, it is better to test the merchandise as long as no transaction has been made.

When buying a used car, it goes without saying: check that the engine is working properly, test handling on the road, evaluate the braking or the clutch, etc. For other products, this is not always obvious. When buying second-hand furniture, for example, consider closing and opening drawers or checking the strength of the joints. For an electrical device, turn it on long enough to certify that it is working properly. For a mattress, do not hesitate to place yourself on it.

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