Handy tips from experts when buying a second hand car.
A good friend of mine bought a used car recently. A month later, the repairs bill amounted to more than the cost of the car itself. Here is a selection of tips from experts which may come in handy if you are looking to buy a second hand car.
-It might sound obvious but make sure you view the car in good light, otherwise scratches and other marks can go unnoticed.
-When checking the bodywork look closely for rust including the base of the doors, the edges of the wings, the sills and beneath the bumpers. Be wary of purchasing if you spot rust in more than one place.
-Always check the brakes. If the pedal just sinks to the floor (rather than offer some resistance) the brakes are probably not up to scratch.
-Apparently, brown, yellow and gold coloured cars are the least popular so you may be able to pick up more of a bargain or use it to your advantage when negotiating terms.
-Take precautions. In the UK, the Automobile Association (AA) can inspect the car for you prior to purchase for a fee of £150 for non-members. And always check the warranty – sometimes these don’t extend to the second owner. Finally, the car must have a V5C registration log – this can be checked for fraud / accuracy with the DVLA.
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Sources: Mail on Sunday, The Week magazine
Published in: Consumer Information