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Buying advice for your next second hand car


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Buying advice for your next second hand car

When you sell your car online it is likely that you will use the cash to buy your next car. If the car is not new or from an approved used main car dealer, you may go down the second hand car route. Purchasing a used car can sometimes be tricky so here are our top buying tips for when you buy your next car.

Firstly, once you have decided on the make and model of a car that you like, the next most important thing to check is the mileage and ensure it is genuine and not clocked. Unscrupulous car sellers may illegally have had the car's odometer winded back on a high mileage vehicle to increase its value and the asking price.

If the car's condition does not appear to be consistent with its mileage, then this is a sign that maybe not all is at it seems. The numbers on the odometer should also always line up properly, so if they do not this is another indication that the car could have been clocked. If the pedal rubbers, gear stick or steering wheel look new compared to the rest of the vehicle then you should also be suspicious.

Before handing over any cash for a car, it is always advisable to thoroughly check the vehicle's bodywork and never do this in when it dark and late at night or raining. Water, for example, can sometimes hide scratches and dents. Make sure that the car also fits the description of the advert when you first saw the car.

Regardless of whether you are buying the car from a private seller or car dealer, the vehicle must be sold as roadworthy. The Road Traffic Act makes it an offence to sell a car that is not fit and safe to drive. 

Next, check the electrics to as this tends to be the biggest cause of faults in second hand cars including windscreen wipers, windows and lights etc.

Under no circumstances should a used car ever be bought without a vehicle registration certificate (V5C) and ensure the MOT certificate is valid and check if there are any advisory notices on the paperwork which may highlights items that soon need attention such as worn tyres or brakes pads.

Ideally, used cars should be sold with a 12-month MOT, and if they are not, then request one. The car is unlikely to be sold with any road tax on it so be sure to make sure you purchase this before you drive the vehicle anywhere.

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