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Tips for Buying a Used Car


Whether you need to replace your current vehicle or purchase a second car for your family, you can save thousands of pounds by buying a used car. Depending on the make, the year, and where it is bought, a used car can last for several years. These four tips will help you purchase a good used vehicle.

Determine Your Needs

Before you start looking for your next vehicle, decide what type of car you want and the features you’ll need. If you start shopping for vehicles without figuring out what would be the best type of car for you and your family, you may find yourself falling in love and buying something impractical. Along with purchasing the best vehicle for your needs, making a checklist of everything you need can help you stay within your budget.

Buy From a Dealer

To ensure that you will get a good vehicle, you should only purchase used cars from a dealership. Under the Sales of Goods Act, any vehicle that a dealership sells must match the description in ads and it must be of good quality and roadworthy. It’s a criminal offence to sell vehicles not fit to be on the road.

If you’re buying a car from a manufacturer’s dealership, most of them inspect, repair, and certify the vehicles on their lot to ensure that they are roadworthy and they will usually offer some type of warranty if the original one has expired. For instance, dealerships that have second hand BMW cars for sale thoroughly inspect them to make sure that they are roadworthy and they offer 12-month warranties with unlimited kilometres.

Research Vehicle

Before you purchase a vehicle, go online to do some research on it so you know exactly what you’re getting. There are websites where you can find out the vehicle’s MOT history and verify the vehicle’s description and, for a fee, you can do a vehicle history search to find out if it has been reported stolen, if it was involved in an accident, or if there is any money still owed on the vehicle. This can prevent you from wasting money on a vehicle with a troubled history and hidden damage.

Thoroughly Inspect Vehicle

Go car shopping during the day so you can see any dents or dings the body may have and so you can see under the bonnet when inspecting the engine. Take a test drive after inspecting the vehicle so you can determine if you like how it drives and if there will be enough room for your needs. Along with driving on city streets, take it on the highway so you can get the engine up to speed for a few kilometres to check for vibrations, see how well the engine changes gears, and listen for any unusual noises.

If you take time to research what you want and need in a vehicle, you can save yourself money by avoiding an impulsive purchase. You should also take your time inspecting the car and researching it to makes sure that it hasn’t been in a serious accident or a flood.