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The Need to Knows' Before You Buy a Used Car

Buying a new car is a dream for most people. Being able to go to a dealership and choose something brand-spanking new, would truly be something great. But the reality is different, and for many of us, buying a used car is our only option.

Thankfully, cars today are better than they’ve ever been before. Built with better materials and technology designed to last, there’s no reason that choosing to go for a second hand car means having to settle for something inferior. However, there are some important steps you should take to ensure the car you’re buying is up to scratch.

Check its valuation

If you are buying a car from a dealership or even an online listings site, the price on display might not be wholly accurate. You should always check a car’s market value online before you make any serious interest in purchasing it. This can be based on the car’s make and model, or you can get an even more accurate valuation by entering the car’s registration number in one of the numerous valuation websites. If there is a dramatic difference between the car’s listed value and what it’s being sold for, be it vastly more or vastly less, then you should look into it more to find out why.

Conduct a vehicle check

The vehicle a seller describes to you can often differ drastically to the vehicle they are actually selling. We’re not just talking about the usual spiel that’s included in the car’s description. Hidden finance charges, insurance write offs and even stolen vehicles can all end up being expensive mistakes. Therefore, you should always carry out a thorough vehicle check before you buy, using a website like HPI, as it will give you all the important information about the car you’re buying.

Take the car for a test drive

It’s always important to get a feel for how a car is to drive. Not just performance, but how you fit behind the wheel, how comfortable you are with the controls in their different positions. The car might feel great, or there might be something more intangible that makes you have second thoughts about buying that car. If you can, take someone mechanically minded with you who knows a bit more about cars and can watch out for any symptoms of a serious problem.

Choose an RAC approved dealer

Most cars on offer are ‘sold as seen’. This means that what you see is what you get, and that the seller will take no responsibility if the engine blows up two hundred metres down the road from the forecourt. Unfortunately, there are few ways for you to know if your car will be in good mechanical condition unless you are given a decent test drive, and even then it might not be clear something is wrong.

Therefore, you should always use an RAC approved dealer if you decide to go for a used car. When you buy from an RAC approved dealer, you can take comfort in knowing the vehicle has passed the RAC-82 point check and is up to RAC standards.

FORD  17/05/2019 09:37:13

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