Buying a used car does not have to be an intimidating feat if you have the right information. By following this brief guide, you will be able to find a used car that is perfect for you.
Picking the right car: When shopping for a used car, there are certain things that you should ask yourself before you begin. The answers to these questions will help you sort through all the used cars that you have looked at. First, you need to decide whether the car will be used for work or pleasure, or a mix of both. How many passengers will be in the car most of the time? How much is in your budget for fuel, taxes, repairs, and everything else a car need? These are all important factors to help narrow down your options and get you one step closer to your dream car.
Meet the seller: Once you have the primary questions answered, it is important to meet the seller. At this point, you need to ask about the history of the car, as well as the condition that it is in now. When viewing the car, make sure you have plenty of light, as this will make it easier to notice any significant damage to the car.
Inspection: Viewing all documentation is very important. These documents include the logbook, all MOT certificates, and the V5C registration certificate. Check to make sure that the VIN has not been tampered with in any form, and take a good look at the car for any forms of rust, or anything that seems out of the ordinary. Once you have looked the car over and viewed all of the documentation, you should have a good idea on the condition of the car.
Drive: One of the most important, and last, steps is to take the car out for a test drive. Make sure that everything is in good working order; if the car handles well, providing that all of the additional criteria has already been met, it’s time to purchase the car. Make sure all the paperwork is in order and is sent to the DLVA, and enjoy your new ride.