May 16, 2016 at 5:03 PM
A new car will possibly be one of the most expensive items you’ll ever own in your life. Such increased costs are not to be taken lightly. A person who is in need of a car, while trying to lower his/her day to day expenses shouldn’t forget that buying a used car is the best solution available.
Purchasing a used car, on the other hand, can be sometimes a very daunting prospect. False cars are sold to unbelievably high prices, problems within the first months occur resulting in costs that will burden you instead of relieving you.
Thankfully enough, we came up with some steps you could follow that will ease your buying experience and help you make the right choice .
Buy from a reputable dealer.
Consider buying a used car from an established dealer with a good reputation that is also a member of a trade association. This will give you the chance to go through the trade body if something goes wrong with the car. Avoid buying from someone who wants to sell you a used car from the side of a road. There is always the risk that the car might be stolen, especially if they want cash for the sale.
Check vehicle’s history
When buying a used car, it is important to check the history of the car. If the vehicle is over 3 years old, you should also check its MOT history.
The checklist includes:
- Checking the car’s details with the DVLA.
- Asking about the car’s service history.
- Inspect the vehicle’s V5C registration document.
- Check online the MOT history of the car.
- Check the mileage against the registration and MOT documents.
While there are free checks that you can run on the car and its MOT history, it is worthwhile getting your own private history check. Such checks, costing up to £20, are available from organisations like the AA and HPI. Amongst other things, this type of research will prove whether the car you are about to buy is stolen, written off or has been involved in a serious accident.
Inspect the car
Before making any purchase, always make sure that you inspect the car closely and take it for a test drive. It is best to make the Test Drive during the day where the environment is dryer enabling you to spot any problems with the car a lot easier.
Test Drive is your only opportunity to monitor the car’s condition and to understand if this particular car meets your needs. Always take your time and try not to be hasty in your final choices!
Equally, take some time to inspect your “about to be“ car, thoroughly. If you see a rush in tin the salesman’s behaviour, this might be an indication that he (or she) has something to hide from you.
For your help, the AA came up with a checklist of all the things you should look for when inspecting a used car.
Despite the car being second handed, you still have legal rights. In the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your purchase (and it’s the car dealer's fault), you have the right to get your car repaired for free or be repaid back all (or part) of your money.