Buyer Guide

Set Your Budget

Before purchasing your ideal motor, one must set their budget first. You need to work out how much you are going to spend. Setting up your budget can consist of finding out how much your current motor is worth and whether you want to part-exchange it, decide whether you want to take out finance or calculate how much your insurance, fuel and road tax will be once you buy a vehicle.

Choosing the Right Car

Finding the right vehicle can be a huge process and time consuming. Make sure you take your time to find the right motor that suits you. The things you need to take in consideration are:

-          What is the vehicle going to be used for

-          The amount of seats you want

-          The cost of fuel, tax, insurance, service and repair

Contacting the Seller

Once you have found the right vehicle for you, it is time to contact the seller. Once you contact the seller, make sure you ask the right question to know the important information for the car you searched for.

-          Ask about the history of the vehicle

-          Arrange an appointment to view the vehicle, most likely the sellers premises

-          Always make a viewing in day light and preferably when it is dry so it can be easier to spot damages

Inspecting a Used Car

Get a vehicle history check to launch if the car has any outstanding finance, has been stolen or written off

Investigate the vehicles documents. This includes logbook, service history and previous MOT certificates – to spot if the car has been clocked

Check the motor’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at the base of the windscreen, under the bonnet and stamped into the chassis under the carpet beside the driver’s seat for signs of tampering, and make sure they match the VIN recorded in the logbook
Look for rust, uneven paint and gaps between body panels

Make Sure all the vehicles features work

Test Driving a Car

Once you have met your seller, ask for a test drive to see how your vehicle handles on the road and making sure all equipment are working correctly. To make sure everything goes as smooth as it should be, test drive the vehicle for at least 15 minutes on different types of roads. Make sure you arrange a suitable cover before you drive the car. Check the gears, break, steering and suspension if they work as they should be with no unusual noises and vibrations.

Haggling With Sellers

Many buyers like to make an offer for a vehicle they like to buy so do not be afraid of haggling on price. Know what the car is worth and what you are willing to pay. Always start your bidding low and let the seller work the price up. An empty tank can be a good negotiating tool. Always stay calm and focused when working out a price. If you and the seller cannot agree on a price, always remember there are plenty of vehicles available.

Doing the Paperwork

Always check through the paperwork, as this is important information that provides you with the history and ownership of the vehicle. Make sure that the paperwork looks and feel genuine, some photocopies and print outs could be fake. Make sure the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) recorded on the logbook matches the one displayed on the vehicle. Any vehicles that are 3 years old should be provided with a valid MOT. Make sure to check old MOT certificate to verify the vehicle’s mileage. Complete the new keeper parts of the v5C (logbook) and make sure it is sent to the DVLA to let them know of the new ownership.

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