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Six Points to a Successful Used Car Purchase

Posted by Admin on :Thursday, 11th of April 2013 05:52:57 AM
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Buying a used car for sale in UK can be cheapest, fastest and easies way to buy you ideal car. However you need to consider few of the factors before buying a used car to avoid any future trouble.

How much is your Budget?

It is important to work out your budget and possible pimping up/ accessories cost you might want in the car. This will help you to decide on which car to buy. If you are planning to replace new car with old, then consider the worth of you old car. Also consider whether you will part exchange it with dealer or sell it privately. If your dream car is above your budget, you can consider on taking out finance. Also calculate on how much your fuel, insurance and road tax will cost you to set your fix monthly budget.

Car dealer can assist you in setting your budget, explain other car financing options- loans, rent-to-buy and other avaialable new trendy car purchase means. This, depending on your credit rating, might involve credit checks to ensure the lender you are able to afford the finance and its come-along cahrges especially with the economic dispensation.

Which car to buy?

Choosing a right car can be confusing when you are after some bells and whistles. With so many options available in the market, deciding on a one car can be dazzling unless you are restricted by your budget. Consider your needs while deciding on which car it's going to be.

Points that can be Considered are: use of your car, how many passengers would you want your preferred car to be able to carry whether occasionally or regularly and the running cost of the car - how much money you will spend on fuel, tax, insurance, service and repair. The running cost decision cannot be ignored especially in countries as UK where petrol, insurance, road tolls (conjestion charges) are quite expensive. Hence, the decision on whether to bump up your car budget for the short run in other to benefit from a long term avoidance of road tolls by purchasing a car using cleaner energy or that has less harmful emmissions.

How to inspect a used car?

Contacting Seller

Your first point of contact is seller of the car. While communicating with seller you will get detailed and valuable information about the car. But to get this information, it is important you ask the right questions like:

  • When was the Car bought, its present condition?
  • How old is the car or What is the car registration year?
  • How many owner from first registration to date?
  • Mileage of the car. Is it original recorded mileage?
  • Has it got any dents or rust?
  • Has it got any security system and what kind?
  • What is the insurance class of the car?
  • Did insurance scrap? Did you buy it from an auction?
  • Do I need to consider any thing about your car before arranging for viewing?
  • Is it possible to arrange time for viewing?
  • Why are you selling the car?

Please note there is no particular order in asking the above question. Just ask anyway and listen carefully for the answers as they are mighty important to your decision on whether to go ahead or get a move on.

Always arrange with the car seller to view the car during daytime when you can clearly check the condition of car. Never carry out your viewing when there is not sufficient light as some tiny details can elude you.

Visual inspection of car

Below are also other important factors that you need to consider before making any decision:

  • Check car history: this is important to identify if car has any outstanding finance, has been stolen or written off.

    Before you continue with viewing the car, to ensure you are not getting yourself into trouble with the law, it is advicable to check out the car "Hpi" to enure you are not about to buy a stolen car. The "Hpi" gives you the "All Clear" from the information you would obtain regarding the car and it's history.

  • Detailed go through over car’s documents: logbook, service history, and MOT certificates. This will help you to spot if the car has been clocked. 
  • Check dents, rust, mismatched paint on the car body.  
  • Most important, check VIN (vehicle identification number) and match it with logbook.

Taking Test drive

This is your chance to make final decision on car. Be carful while test drive, check on how it feels on the road and make sure all the equipment’s are working efficiently. Take a test drive for at least 15 minutes and check its performance on different type of roads.  Start the car when engine is cold and check for excessive smoke and unusual noises. Carefully check gears, breaks, steering, suspension for its performance and to check if any unusual noise or vibration.  If you like the car and everything is ok with it, arrange suitable insurance cover before you drive it back home.

Deciding on Final cost of car

Don’t be afraid on haggling on price of the car, It is common for buyer to make a offer on car bases on their experience with car and knowledge. Below are the few points that you can consider while making an offer:

  • Actual worth of car and how much you are willing to pay
  • If any repair that you need to spend for.

Always start you bidding low, as seller will ask for more than what you are ready to offer. You can also negotiate on a tank of fuel or service. If you cant come to an agreement, remember there are many more cars available in the market. 


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