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Scared of Buying a Used Car? Follow Our used car buying guide

By Hanna

A few tips for buying a used car to ensure you get a great deal

 

 

From inspecting the motor for faults to negotiating the price, used car purchases can be quite overwhelming. That’s why we want to help with the ensuing guide. We will cover the subject with sequential steps on the process for purchasing a car, minimizing your chance of getting a lemon. Follow our used car buying guide tips

 

Initial Research

 

We recommend you start your search by deciding on what kind of car you want.

 

Identifying your needs

 

What kind of car can you afford? Do you want a coupe or a minivan? What features do you want in your car? Do you want a used car or a new one?

 

Before you start looking at cars you need to know what you are looking for, otherwise your search will be impossible.

Finding the perfect make for you

 

After you decide what you want from the motor, you should begin to research what cars have the features you want. Use sites such as motor.co.uk to conduct your research. This will allow you to find a car that is within your price-range and matches your needs. Always keep an open mind about which car you are purchasing.

 

 

The Search: find a used car

 

This is where it starts to get difficult. After building up the car in your head it is important to be flexible when looking for the actual car.

 

Where to Look for Cars

 

So, you know what car you want… but where should you shop? Typically, the most common options are car dealers or private sales. While car dealers may have a higher price tag, it may be a better deal in the long run.

 

Used car dealers usually inspect the car and fix any issues that they find, but keep in mind not every used car dealer is honest. Look for wording at the dealership that implies no refunds will be issued, as this is a ploy by the dealer to reduce your rights.

 

As for private sales, there is much less security, however, there are a few ways to protect yourself. Make sure to get all details in writing, whether it be email or paper. This is important for proving you were misled by the seller later on.

 

Establishing a Connection

 

Before asking to see the car, call the seller up and inquire further about the vehicle. Make sure what the seller says over the phone matches the other details you have about the car. Any differences should be an indicator that the seller may be deceitful.

 

Learn More about the Car

 

Use websites to find how much a similar car has sold for in your area. Furthermore, get an HPI check to make sure nothing is being hidden from you about the car. This should give you more confidence in the car’s status. (If you don’t know, an HPI check tells you about the car’s reported maintenance history.)

 

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Finalizing the Transaction

 

This is the most important part of the purchase. After you’re done with our ” tips for Buying a Used Car ” specified above make sure you take your time and feel confident in your decision to buy the car and bring along another person.

 

Test Driving

 

The test drive is extremely important for a used car purchase. Make sure you feel comfortable behind the wheel. While driving, listen for any sounds that may be possible problems. Also, make sure to test the brakes and check the car’s alignment (feel if the car is pulling to one side).

 

               Note: Make sure your insurance covers you driving 3rd party cars.

Checking for Faults

 

This cannot be stressed enough: check the entire car for faults, interior and exterior. Test the lights, the seatbelts, the windows. Make sure the mirrors are properly attached. Look if any lights are showing up on the dash. Test the A/C and heat. Check for dents or messed up paint, which may be an indicator of poor repair work.

 

Negotiating

 

This is the time when all that initial research should be put to work. Having done your homework, you should know for how much similar cars are being sold. Also, keep in mind how much you are willing to spend and don’t be afraid to walk away if they don’t meet that amount.

 

 

We hope our used car buying guide was successful in making you feel a little better about how to find a used car, and how to buy a used car. Good luck!

 

 

The Engie Team