When you buy a used car there are some essential checks that you need to make before handing over any of your hard-earned money.
AutoCoinCars are an expert car marketplace that has facilitated hundreds of used car sales. They have some guidance for you on what you should check before you buy a used car.
Most Important to Check:
Is the Dealership/Seller Trustworthy?
Dodgy dealers! These are definitely something you want to avoid. Unfortunately, the world is not perfect and there are people out there who will be looking to scam you out of your money.
When it comes to being scammed by a dodgy dealer this could be devastating for you financially. Most dealerships across the UK are eligible to be approved dealerships by companies such as AA or RAC.
For example, if a dealership is AA approved your purchase will generally have a good warranty and coverage following your purchase, so if anything goes wrong you can get it fixed without any expense to you.
If you are buying through a private seller, checking the history is even more important as you will not be covered by a warranty.
Check reviews! If a dealership seems questionable you can always check the reviews. Whether they are Google reviews, Trustpilot, or social media.
Have a read through both the positive and negative reviews so that you have a good idea of the service and quality that the company provides.
What is the cars’ history?
If you are buying a used car, be sure to run checks on the history of the vehicle. Be sure to use the GOV.UK website to check the registration plate. This can give you details of the MOT history and whether it has passed or failed in recent years.
By checking the MOT and service history you can see if there are any outstanding issues that might end up leaving you with a hefty bill to pay. Ideally, the dealership should have documents for any work done on the car and a logbook for the service history.
If they do not have the vehicle’s history then request that they run a full MOT and service on the vehicle for you if you are wanting to purchase it.
Less Important but still check:
How much do you want to spend and is it worth the price tag?
What is your budget and how are you going to purchase the car? Are you financing it, buying outright, taking a loan?
There are many options so be sure to evaluate each one and choose the option appropriate for your financial situation and budget. Set a budget and stick to it. It can be easy to lose sight of your budget once you are actually in front of so many impressive vehicles at a dealership.
Take your time and look around. It can be easy to turn up to one seller and just feel like you have to go for that car because you have enquired about it. But if you are not completely satisfied with it then do not feel pressured to buy it. There are other sellers out there.
When you are spending thousands of pounds you need to make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons and that you are happy with your choice.
Last but not least. Test Drive!
Test driving a car is probably the most important thing you can do when you are looking to buy.
Firstly, you need to drive it to find out if it is comfortable if you like how it feels to drive, plus it could possibly alert you to any issues with the car.
Secondly, you may not know which used car make or model you want to buy, so test drive a few and find one you really like!
We hope this advice helps you make an informed choice on your next vehicle purchase.
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