Before purchasing a used car, you will need to consider actually how much you want to spend. You will also need to know how much you can actually spend. If you already have a car, then research its current value and then decide whether you want to sell it privately or in part-exchange with a car dealership.
Furthermore, you need to think about whether you will be taking out finance when purchasing a used car. Working out fuel, insurance and road tax costs are also essential if you are going to make the correct decision.
Choosing the Right Car for You
Choosing a used car can be a confusing process and the choices available can appear to be endless. Therefore, you need to understand what you will actually be using your car for. Write down what the car will be used for and how many passengers you will be regularly carrying. Moreover, consider fuel, tax, insurance, service and repair costs before making an informed decision.
Making Contact with a Seller
Direct communication with a seller can often illuminate important information about a car, therefore it is essential to ask the correct questions. When you are enquiring about the car make sure you find out about its past and its current condition. If you are purchasing a used car via a private seller then view the car at the seller’s house and if you decide to go through with the sale, do so on their premises. All used car purchases should be made in broad daylight and ideally when it is dry, so that any damage can be identified quickly.
Looking Over a Used Car
Looking over a used car before buying it is a must. Cast an eye over the car’s documentation – its logbook, service history and all previous MOT certificates. This will make it obvious if the car has been clocked. To make sure the car you are purchasing does not have any outstanding finance, look into getting a car history check. The check will also bring up if the car has been stolen or written off.
Walk around the car and check for any signs of rust, unusually mismatched areas of paint and overlapping body panels. If any of these signs are apparent then seriously consider looking at other options. Get into the car and check that all of its internal features function correctly and also check all the external features meticulously. Essentially, you need to assess whether or not the car matches its actual advertised description.