When buying a used car, there are a number of critical details you’ll want to be aware of and a several key things you need to avoid.

Everyone wants to get the best car at the best price – to help you find your next car, we’ve written a list of top tips to help you avoid common problems and find the car right for you.

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Shop A Wide Selection

It is vitally important to compare prices, weather you’re buying privately or from a dealership. It is always important to ensure you are buying a quality product, with no hidden problems or charges. By looking around and seeing what is on the market, this may also change your initial idea of what you wanted, to something better for you, fitting in with your lifestyle. As well as looking around for the best price, it’s also worth looking around for the best review. Reviews are a great way of really finding out what other drivers really think to the car in question.  There are many places online that will help you to find the perfect car, the perfect price and the perfect review – one I would recommend is Reviews of Big Motoring World UK.

When and How to View Used Car Listings

When viewing your potential buy for the first time, make sure it is on a clear day. Never view a car in the rain, poor lighting, or at night. If you do, you won’t be able to see the condition of the car correctly. This will mean you can’t check for dents, or scratches. Also, watch out if you were to view a car on a wet or damp day, there is the potential that the person selling the car is keeping a leak or spill i.e. oil or petrol leak from you, by hiding it due to the weather. A leak or spill may not sound like much, but could cause you expensive mechanic bills in the future!

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Be Sure To Check For Any Used Car History

When buying a used car, try and find as much information as possible out about the car you hope to buy. The more open and honest the seller is with you, the less likely they are to be hiding something, for example if the seller won’t give you certain detail about dents or mechanic bills, they could be trying to cover a previous accident which has damaged the car. Finding out the car’s service history, garage bills and being given its MOT certificates are all things in which you need to know before you buy.

Test Drive

This is an important part of the buying process. By test driving the car, you have made it clear that you are interested, however now is your time to check everything about the cars general mechanical condition, and ask any specific questions you may have. While on your test drive you need to think: Am I comfortable? Are all the controls working, in good condition and can be operated easily by myself? Will my family fit in safely? And if you have any tools or sports equipment, will they fit in the boot? This part of the process should help you come to a decision on weather the car is what its meant to be, and is right for you.

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Don’t be Pressured into Buying Just Any Used Car

Never buy a car that you are not satisfied with after the test drive, and do not let the seller pass off engine faults as your own error through driving the car. Don’t let the seller pressure you into buying the car – there are plenty more out there! Many sellers will create sob stories about why they need to sell the car, to try and convince you to buy. It is important that you know when the car is not right for you, and that you need to walk away.