5 tips on buying a used car
There are a multitude of perks when it comes to buying used cars that make them very appealing to buyers, the primary of which, of course, is how much cheaper they are than new cars. If you’re a bit strapped for cash or want something better than your money can buy, looking for a used car is a great option! But, you do have to take a few precautions to make sure you’re getting exactly what you pay for. Here are some things you should make sure you check before buying a used car.
Vehicle History Check
Paying for a vehicle history check is definitely worth it and not very expensive at all. You’re probably going to be looking at around £20 to see all the important information you need, which is a small price to pay for peace of mind. You’ll be able to find out whether the cars been recorded as stolen, has been written off in the past or has outstanding finance loans.
Look around to make sure you aren’t being overcharged or suspiciously undercharged by your seller. Used cars for sale are always cheaper than the same model in a new condition, so be certain that’s the case first. Then look to find other used models in similar conditions available online or in your local area to compare the prices. It’s just the same as shopping around for the best quote!
Service History and MOT
Your seller should be able to provide you with service history and MOT details and documents. Not only does this give you a better idea of what condition the car’s in, it also makes it far less likely that the vehicles been stolen – although if you have any doubt make sure to get that vehicle history check done!
Always ask to see the V5C registration document of a used car for sale. This’ll give you all the information on past owners and the current keeper, again giving you the peace of mind that the car hasn’t been stolen. The colour of the V5C should be red – it used to be blue but there aren’t any genuine blue V5C’s left in the system.
Look For the VIN
To make sure the V5C matches up with the used car you’re looking to buy, check for the Vehicle Identification Number that’ll be stamped onto the car. This’ll usually be either beneath the bonnet, at the base of the windscreen or by the driver’s seat beneath the carpet. If you’re struggling to locate it, ask the current owner where it is.
By carrying out all of these checks, you can be certain that there’s nothing dodgy about the used car for sale and it should be safe to buy! Hopefully you will have bagged yourself a great bargain on a car that you’ll be delighted with. Now, all that’s left is to do is enjoy your new vehicle!