Tips for buying a used car

Buying a used car can be as a daunting process as it is exciting owing to the large amount of used cars that are on the market today, and the fact that the car may not always be as well looked after as it may seem. The used car buying advice we offer you in this article is intended to assist your decision making, and to teach you how to inspect a used car, where to look for a used car and how to asses a secondhand vehicles history.

How to inspect a used car:

  • If you know what you are doing then make a thorough inspection yourself or employ the services of an independent professional to do it for you
  • Always take the vehicle for a test-drive making sure you verify all the electrical items along the way
  • Listen out for any suspicious noises or rattles
  • Check your rearview mirror for excessive exhaust smoke
  • Test-drive more than one vehicle so that you have a point of reference which you can make comparisons against
  • It is never recommended to buy a car just because it is a bargain price. There are reasons why it is inexpensive and these will be the same reasons that will cause you massive expense in the not so distant future. We suggest looking at cars that are between three and five years old.
  • They are more likely to have a few more trouble-free years in them provided they haven’t been in any major accidents that have been disguised through exceptional panelbeating work.

Where to look for a used car

Always choose a car that fits your daily needs as well as your bank account. Remember to take insurance, servicing, economy and depreciation into account when you are setting your budget. Because there are so many used cars on the market at any given time, try to keep your shopping list short. The Internet is the most effective tool you can use to find out what is on the market in terms of availability, production year and price. It will provide you with the most up-to-date information compared with automotive magazines.

How to asses a secondhand vehicles history

Avoid buying a vehicle that doesn’t have a history report with it. If you fail to check the history of the vehicle you are buying it could have troubling consequences. The vehicle could be stolen or it could still have outstanding payments on it which could become your responsibility. The AA (Automobile Association) is able to assist you in checking a used cars history.

Always have the vehicles VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and chassis number handy. The AA is also able to help you with a comprehensive physical inspection of the vehicle and a qualified inspector is able to conclude whether or not the vehicle is roadworthy.

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