Used Car Buying Tips

Used Car Buying Tips

So you've decided a second hand car is the right choice for you. But where do you start? Here are some tips to consider when buying a used car:

  1. Research: Do your research before buying a used car. Look for the make and model that suits your needs and budget, read reviews to find out what to look out for (such as Whatcar, CarwowRAC and Honest John), and research the car's history (using Total Car Check or Carvertical), including MOT history, previous accidents or repairs.

  2. Inspection: Inspect the car thoroughly before making a purchase. Check for any visible damages, rust, and wear and tear. You can also get the car inspected by a professional such as the AA or RAC to identify any potential issues.

  3. Test drive: Take the car for a 30 minute test drive to check the overall performance, handling, and comfort. Drive on different types of roads and test the brakes, steering, and other features to ensure everything is working properly. Listen out for any unusual noises such as clunking, banging, humming or roaring from the engine and suspension. Ensure the gearbox, clutch and engine operate smoothly.

  4. Documentation: Check the car's documentation, including the logbook, service history, and MOT certificates. Make sure everything is up to date and genuine.

  5. Negotiate: Negotiate the price with the seller, based on the car's condition, history, and any potential issues identified during the inspection and test drive. You can use valuation sites such as Whatcar Valuations and Autotrader to get free valuations.

  6. Financing: If you need financing, compare different financing options and rates before making a decision. You may be able to get a better deal by shopping around.

  7. Warranty: Consider purchasing a warranty for the used car to protect against unexpected repairs and expenses. Some examples of warranty providers include ALA, MotorEasy, WarrantyWise and The AA.

Overall, buying a used car can be a great way to get a reliable car for a lower price than a new car. However, it's important to do your research, inspect the car thoroughly, and negotiate to get the best deal possible. Carfound are highly experienced at buying used cars and can complete all of the above on your behalf with minimal stress and hassle!

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