5 tips for purchasing a used car

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If your trusty old motor has given up the ghost and you need a new set of wheels, you might be thinking about purchasing a used car to save some money during a cost-of-living crisis.

Used cars are a great way to get a new vehicle for less. If you’re buying outright, they’re also a much better purchase as they don’t depreciate at the same rate as new cars. If you’re ready to buy a second-hand vehicle, here are some tips to help you get a good deal.

  1. Head to a dealership

When it comes to buying a second-hand car, it’s a good idea to head to a car dealership or garage. Although you might be able to get a cheaper price from a private seller, they might not be telling the truth about the car’s history. By visiting a dealership with good reviews, you’ll have confidence in your purchase knowing it’s been thoroughly checked by an expert.

  1. Look out for the MOT history and mileage

When buying a used car, it’s important to ask some questions. You’ll want to find out:

  • Mileage: Check the mileage of the vehicle and have a look at the car closely. Be sure to think about whether the mileage is consistent with the look of the car.
  • MOT history: Check that the car has a valid MOT (if the car is over 3 years old). You can do this online.
  • Accident history: You’ll want to know if the car has ever been in an accident or been written off. Try to look at any mismatched colours, gaps between panels or strange paint finishes.
  1. Think about the other costs

It’s not just the cost of the car itself that you need to think about when buying a used car. You’ll need to factor in everything from the insurance costs, tax, servicing, fuel and any upfront costs. While the cost of the car might be cheap, if it’s going to cost a fortune to insure or tax, you might want to rethink.

  1. Consider your needs

If you need to take your children to school, it’s important to choose a car that’ll comfortably fit your family plus any necessary car seats. Although a sports car might look nice on the forecourt, you need to put your needs first.

  1. Take it for a spin

Finally, it’s important to take your new car out for a spin. That way, you’ll be able to see how it drives on the road and how comfortable it is. After all, you need to be sure your new car stands the test of time!

Now all that’s left to do is head to the nearest dealership and find yourself a bargain!

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