The Key to a Smooth Ride Buying a Secondhand Car

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It does not matter who you are or how much money you make each year. We are all living on a budget. We all have bills to pay, food to buy and luxury items we want. If you are trying to save money, then you may be thinking about buying a second-hand car. Perhaps you are buying your first car. It is tempting to pick the first one you see, either one advertised on a car website or outside someone’s house. If you do that, you are falling into the trap many buyers are still stuck in. The car may work at first but could turn into a constant headache further down the road. Here are some tips to take with you when you begin your search.

See the car, speak to the owner

This may seem obvious to most people. They would be surprised how many others see a car advertised on Ebay. It looks great, and they fall in love with the price. They make the purchase, and the car is delivered. Two weeks later it is in a garage for its fifth repair. Make sure you check the car out before you commit to anything. Ideally you want to take it for a short test drive. This is the only way you will be able to tell if the car is working properly. A ride down the road will tell you if the steering feels loose, or the gears get stuck.

Choose Where You Buy Carefully

You should always be wary of sellers who seem to be in a rush to get the vehicle sold. That is why it is recommended you do not buy a car being advertised on the side of a road. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Sellers from car companies like City Motors may be more reliable. This is because they have made the effort to get their cars seen on a bigger market.

Paperwork and Records

Everything must be in good order including records of MOTs, repairs and insurance claims. You should be looking for a full history of the car you are purchasing. If the seller can not provide one, be weary. It is not advisable to buy a car that has been purchased and sold multiple times. This suggests there is an unfixable problem with the vehicle.

Make inquiries

You can check the history of the car yourself using a government website. This will tell you vital information such as whether the car has ever been reported stolen. Most sellers will be trustworthy, but you should make investigations. For example, you can check whether the advertised mileage on the car is correct. This can be done checking the car history, but there are simpler checks. Do certain parts of the car, like the steering wheel and pedals, look newer than the rest of the vehicle? If this is the case, it may have experienced a lot of wear and tear.

How Much?

Finally, a fun reminder. There will always be an advertised price, but that does not mean this is how much you will pay for the car. Car dealerships, in particular, will expect buyers to haggle. It can be a fun part of the purchase. Remember, the seller will not go any lower then how much they know the car is worth. Always try to reach a friendly, middle ground. Then let your new speedster take you wherever you want to go.


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