Buying a Used Car

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In this post, we will be revealing some of the helpful tips to guide you when buying a used car. A visit to the used car dealer’s showroom can be a wonderful experience, where you will find so many desireabe cars for sale. Following the tips in this post will help you to confidently choose a great car.

First, it is advisable to consider buying from a used car dealer who is an active member of one of the two recognised UK motoring organisations; the AA or RAC.

Run a check on the car

You can run an HPI check to reveal the past history of the car, if it has been reported stolen, if it has been written off by an insurer or if there is outstanding finance against it.  The HPI check will reveal a number of possible exceptions in the cars history, such as whether the mileage seems accurate, or whether its been imported.  A reputable car dealer would have already done one of these checks and will have no problem making the report available to you.  If they are not willing to show you an HPI report its best to avoid that dealer.

Observe the car tyres

If the tyres look close to worn out, you will want to take into account the cost of replacing them. That can be expensive.

Test drive the car

You can do this on your own, or even better, have a mechanic accompany you. The car’s engine should sound smooth; the brakes should be effective and all other controls should be functional.  The operation of all doors locks and windows is something that is so often overlooked. Checking them will save you no end of hassle and cost later.

Find out the paperwork needed to transfer ownership

One of the benefits of buying cars from reputable used car dealers is the hassle-free paperwork after purchase. This aspect can be quickly completed, and you can go ahead to drive your car home that same day.

Ask for a warranty

Your used car dealer should be willing to offer you a warranty for the car. It is more comforting to know the car you have just paid for is covered by a warranty for a reasonable period. Find out the terms and ensure there are no hidden clauses before buying a warranty.

Always be prepared

Before your visit to the used car dealer’s showroom, you should have an idea of the price for the car model you wish to buy. With this information, you can avoid paying more than necessary for the car. Having an idea of the price can also help you negotiate for a cheaper deal. You may be lucky to meet the car dealer in a good mood.

Overall, it is best to buy from reputable used car dealers. Finding one of these car dealers should be your primary objective when searching for a used car to buy.