Buying a second-hand car can be fraught with difficulties. There are so many dodgy sellers out there that you never know whether you’re getting a good deal. With that in mind, we’re going to do our best this morning to present you with some suggestions that should help to guarantee you don’t waste your money. The last thing you want to do is make a purchase only to find out a few weeks later there are major issues with the vehicle. By making sure you can tick off all the items on our list, you should be in a much better position.
At the end of the day, there is always going to be an element of risk involved. That is true, regardless of how careful you are. For that reason, you should try to take a trained mechanic along to any viewings you arrange. It might cost you a little money to do that, but it could save you thousands. So, all you need to think about before arranging viewings is which model would be most-suitable for you. Considering all that, here is the checklist you need to satisfy…
Is the car as it was described?
Some less than honest sellers will bend the truth a little when placing adverts online for the vehicle they want you to purchase. If you turn up to view the car and you find it doesn’t accurately represent the information you saw in the advert, it will be a good idea for you to walk away. There might not be anything wrong with the car, but the seller obviously can’t be trusted. You will encounter issues like this more frequently with private sellers. Respected dealers like Thames Motor Group would never use such underhand tactics.
Does the car come with paperwork?
It is illegal in this country to sell someone a car without official paperwork. If there is not a logbook in sight, you shouldn’t agree to make a purchase. Ideally, you want more than that though. Most good sellers will have a full service history to hand over alongside other information about the vehicle. If you see mechanics receipts for any work that has been carried out on the car over the years, that is a good sign.
Did the test drive go smoothly?
No matter how confident you might be about the quality of a second-hand vehicle, you should always ensure you take it for a test drive. If you’ve managed to employ the services of a local mechanic, you should let them drive the car for at least ten minutes. During that time, they can make an assessment on how the car feels, and if there are likely to be any issues. So long as the test drive goes smoothly, you could be onto a winner.
Having read through our pre-purchase checklist for second-hand cars, you should be in a better position to get things right. We wish you the best of luck, and we hope you find the perfect model very soon.
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