Wherever in the UK you buy your second hand car, there are a number of important things you should bear in mind. Here are a few tips that will help ensure that you get a good deal on used cars for sale.
Once you have used the internet to locate your car, you should take a hard copy of the advertisement to protect you in the future should the car prove not to be quite as advertised.
Always be careful of car salesman banter that can be distracting especially when you are examining the car.
Always request to see all of the paperwork and especially the car’s service history, the registration documents and current and previous MOT certificates.
Carry out a car data check even if the dealer says that one has already been carried out. If the car is subject to a finance arrangement or is stolen, it could be repossessed and you would receive no compensation.
Check that the tyres are legal by measuring the tread depth (which needs to be at least 3.5 mm).
A good guide to whether the car has been in a serious accident is the alignment between the doors and the body along with the boot and the bonnet and the body. If there are any uneven gaps you should be suspicious.
If the dealer is offering a warranty, check all the things that it covers, and possibly even more importantly the things that it does not cover, which means carefully reading all the small print. If the warranty is not adequate for your needs, then you might consider an all inclusive warranty underwritten by an insurance company.
Check out everything on the car; the windows, the doors, the audio equipment, the lights and indicators, the air con, the electric roof, etc.
If you find a fault then ask the dealer to correct it and get his agreement to do so in writing.