Used Cars Buying Guide
Buying a used car is a great way of getting more car for your cash. Following these tips will help your used car search go as smoothly as possible.
Set a budget and stick to it
When looking for a used car, it can be tempting to keep increasing your budget. You want to be able to enjoy your new car, rather than see it as a financial burden you regret, so set a limit and stick to it.
Decide what’s important to you
Are you after a specific make and model of car, or are your requirements more vague? Narrowing it down to your ideal car, in your favourite colour might make the search less daunting, however being too specific will restrict your choice.
Inspect the car
Once you have found a car you like, give it a thorough inspection. This applies whether you are buying privately or through a dealer. Keep your expectations realistic for the price you are looking to pay, and keep an eye out for issues such as rust, or mismatched paint, which could be an indication that the car has been in a collision.
Don’t just do a visual inspection of the vehicle itself, get a car history check done, and read the logbook and mileage on past MOTs to ensure that everything you are being told about the vehicle is true.
Take it for a drive
Once you are happy with everything else, take the car for a test drive before sealing the deal. Listen out for any strange sounds or unusual vibrations, and look out for things like smoke. Driving the car from cold for about 15 minutes should be enough to give you a feel for the car, and whether or not there are any major underlying issues.