Buying a used car can be an absolute minefield. Not just because you have to search through all the small ads or negotiate your way through the auction processes but because you don’t actually know much about the history of the vehicle. How many previous owners have there been and how well did they actually treat the car? The last thing you want to do is to invest in a car that has done a mass of miles and has been put through its paces as if on the racetrack.
If the car only has one former owner then you potentially have less to worry about. Any ill-treatment or neglect will be minimal but depending on your budget or credit rating, you may have to purchase an older vehicle and it could be an investment of abuse depending on how many people have driven it around.
The history of a car is important and the chances are that many of the cars that you will see will have had some accident damage even if they have not been written off. Sometimes cars will have been repaired to a good standard or, equally, they may have been repaired on a cosmetic level so that it looks great but lurking beneath the bonnet is a repair job that could be costly.
When you spot a car that you really like, ask yourself how good you are at spotting mechanical problems. Can you tell if a car sounds in perfect condition by revving it up and would you know how to check if it has been re-sprayed? For many of us, the answer is a resounding no, so it’s good to play it safe and to get someone to check out the car with you. If there are very few people with knowledge of car engines around you, then it’s worth paying an expert to come with you. It could save you a lot of time, heartache and hard cash. When you buy a used car, you are buying its history so check out whether the car has enjoyed a full service and take a look at the number of previous owners. Do a little homework and be confident that the car is in the best condition it can be, prior to parting with any cash.
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