Used Cars

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The used car market is one that continues to grow in size as more people look for a great deal. For people on a budget, cars that you never thought were obtainable suddenly start shooting at your price range. Though this can be very exciting if you’re not careful you can end up with a vehicle that has so many faults that you’ll have to spend a fortune just to bring it up to a drivable standard.

Take a look at these simple tips that will help you avoid being ripped off when you buy a used car.

Inspect the Exterior of the Car Carefully

Start by having a good look around the car for any scrapes, scratches or dents that may be problematic. If there is nothing too major and you are not overly bothered about the aesthetics of the car, then this shouldn’t be too much of a problem but you should expect a suitable reduction in cost for any damage incurred. Make sure the paint looks an even colour across the car. If it isn’t, this may be a sign of sub-par repair work. Also, if any looks like it is bubbling up, this could be a sign of rust.

Make sure that all lights and indicators are in good working order. If it is a soft top or convertible, check the roof for any tears and make sure it operates well.

Next up is the tyres. Check to make sure they all have enough tread in them and then any wear is even across the tyre. If not, this could be a sign that there is a problem with the suspension.

Make Sure the Inside Looks as Good as the Outside

Firstly, check to make sure that the mileage on the paperwork matches what is on the clock. Also, look out for any signs that the car may have done more miles than it reads by checking for any wear and tear around the steering wheel, pedal rubbers and general fabric.

Now it’s time to get into the driver’s seat! Make sure that everything works including the seatbelt, seat adjustment, interior lights and any electronic equipment the car may have on board such as a Sat Nav. Other things to watch out for include the heating system, air conditioning and electric windows.

Once your examination of the driver’s seat is done, move on to the passenger seat and then the rear of the car checking for any other issues. And don’t forget the boot!

Extra Things to Look Out For

Check for the spare tyre in the boot and also make sure it is in as good condition as the rest of the tyres. Ask the seller for any 0% car finance deals that may be available if this is something you are looking for.
Think about the conditions when you go to inspect the vehicle. It is never a good idea to go and look at a car in the evening or in wet weather, as you won’t be able to get a clear view of the car you are about to buy. Finally, take that test drive and make sure everything runs smoothly.