Buying a Used Car
Commuting every day to get to places can be exhausting, so you should consider buying your own car to avoid the hassle. However, new cars are expensive and not everyone can afford one. But why buy a new car when a used vehicle can be purchased in a cheap price? Buying a used car is a more favourable option for most, as it can save thousands of pounds while serving its purpose.
With that said, we know purchasing a used car can be stressful; you can’t be overcautious and lose a good deal or relax completely and end up with a sputtering old piece of junk covered in shiny new paint. Smart decision making and keen inspection of the vehicle and its history can win you a good deal under your budget. Making a checklist will ensure you get your hands on the right car. Here is a list of things you should do before buying a used car.
1) Look for a Reliable Seller:
Buying used car from a dealer can be expensive, but you may get dealer’s warranty and services, which would make up for the extra pounds you pay them. Buying from auction is the riskiest option, as you don’t know if the seller is dealing legally or not. If you do buy from an auction house, read the terms carefully before making a bid.
2) Get Previous Information of Vehicle:
With the help of Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) you can check if the vehicle you are going to buy is licensed and legal. Also, DVLA site tells if the vehicle has gone through major repairs in the past, was stolen, written off and/or has outstanding finance.
Once you get the vehicle information such as registration number, MOT test number, mileage, make and model, match it with the data you extracted from DVLA. If it matches, go for it. If not, then you shouldn’t take the risk.
3) Check the Condition of the Body:
Inspect the condition of the car; look for rusty panels, dents and tyre tread. Close inspection can reveal if the vehicle went through major repairs previously. Also examine the interior of the vehicle; dashboard, steering controls, horns, wipers and other electric functions.
4) Test Drive the Car:
It is very important to test drive the car before finalising the deal. The test drive is to notice the odd behvaiour of the vehicle such as rattling noise, braking system, exhaust smoke colour, car performance etc.
5) Negotiate with the Dealer:
Always buy a vehicle under your budget. Negotiate with the dealer to lower the asking price. If you feel the seller is asking more than the vehicle’s worth and is not flexible, don’t hesitate to walk away.
After ticking all these concerns off the list, keep in mind two important rules while buying a used car. Don’t be blinded by the shine of a vehicle, use your head instead of heart. Moreover, never let the dealer convince you to buy a car you are not completely satisfied with. Make a confidant judgment and walk away before the seller pushes you to make decision in his favour.
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