Tips for Buying a Used Car
There are a number of considerations to take into account when
buying a used car. You should consider where you buy it from,
the vehicle itself and its accompanying documents. It is also
important to think about whether the price is value for money,
any guarantees or warranty and any other expenses incurred
through the purchase. The way the car drives, the engine
condition and the bodywork are also crucial considerations for
buying any used car.
There are a number of places where you might buy a used car including at a dealership, auction, from a private seller or online. Many people recommend a dealership because the car will come with a warranty and it is also usually subject to a valet service before you take it away. However, it is important to check the small print on a warranty and be clear on exactly what is covered. You should also ensure you visit a reputable, well established dealer. Ask others for recommendations and also check out the dealers finance. There are some good offers but you can check out other quotes from other sources.
Some people like to go to auctions as there are many bargains to be had. Quality cars can be bought at far cheaper prices than a dealership can offer. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will walk away with a bargain. You need to know a lot about cars to spot the vehicles to bid on and be aware of when to stop bidding if the bid overtakes the worth of the car. You should always stick to a budget when bidding and be cautious. If you are the highest bidder you should test out the car immediately as there is only a small window of opportunity to complain.
You can also bid online for cars. If you do this you should go through a reputable organisation. Other companies both local and national show private sellers and dealers adverts online. They cannot offer much in the way of protection if you decide to view one of those cars unlike online bidding. If you do bid online you should check all small print, seller feedback and print off all car details.
If you do decide to buy a car then take it for a test drive and if possible have it checked independently by your local mechanic. Always go to visit the owner to drive the car do not allow them to bring the car to you as you need to verify whether they are the owner. Check the bonnet for warmth before driving as some sellers do this to hide certain problems. When you drive around, look out for saggy seats, a shiny wheel rim and worn pedals. All these are indicators of a car that has clocked more than 60,000.
You should check documents such as the handbook and service records. Be suspicious of a large number of owners and get a Vehicle Status Check to verify the car is not a `cut and shut` or stolen.
If you still want to buy a used car instead of buying a new car, you should weigh up additional costs such as repairs, insurance, tax and MOT to see how much you will be paying out for this purchase. Ensure that you have all the necessary document including the service records and the new owner document to ensure it is declared to the DVLA