Buying a used car is often the go-to route for those who need a new vehicle. Not only are new cars very expensive, but you can also get a great deal on a used car if you know what to look for.
This piece is going to help you understand what you need to be looking for when you check a car and why it is important.
Read on to find out more.
To Make Sure There Are No Discrepancies In Seller Description
A crucial part of buying any vehicle or expensive item is to make sure that all issues are laid out in plain English and they are understood by you, the buyer.
You do not want to be caught out by something that has been failed to be mentioned or understood. There is also the very real case of people just being dishonest, which is why it is important to buy from a trusted dealer. If you are not able to, then going and checking over the car to make sure it matches the description is the next best thing you can do.
To make sure that you have been told the truth about the car for the more serious things that might not be able to be visibly checked, make sure to do an MOT history check on the car before buying. If the seller has been honest, then they should have no issue with you doing this beforehand.
To Check There Is No Recorded Theft Of The Vehicle
The last thing you want to do is to purchase a car that has been stolen. Not only can this mean that the vehicle might not be safe to drive, but it can also mean the car can be seized from you at any moment – and no, you most likely won’t get your money back, which makes it a very expensive mistake. So, make sure to check that there is no recorded theft of the vehicle before you go and hand over the cash. This is far less of a worry if you are buying from a recognised dealership and more if you are buying a cash in hand car from someone’s home.
To Make Sure The Car Has Not Been Written Off
Sometimes people want to try their luck and sell off a car that could have been legally declared unsafe to drive. This is not only a waste of money for you, but more importantly, it can put your safety at great risk. Best case scenario is that you find out you just bought a car that needs to be scrapped, and the worst case scenario is that you get into a fatal accident, either for you or the other party. If you are not sure and the seller cannot give you documents that back up that the vehicle is road safe, do not buy it.
Buying from a garage can help eliminate some of these issues, but if you are ever concerned about something do not be afraid to ask questions and get the writing on paper!