A Guide To Purchasing Used Cars

By Stacie Terakim

A car can be an expensive outlay and not everyone is in a financial position to buy from new. This is why used cars are a ever increasingly popular option, the reduced level of spare cash prevents many from affording anything other than a second hand vehicle.

Just because a car is used does not mean that it is on its last legs, it could be a trade in that is only two to three years of age or it could be a much older vehicle that will require more TLC n order to keep it going.

When you are buying a used car there are a number of points you need to consider. A main dealer or a trusted second hand dealership is best but if you cannot afford a vehicle form these sites you may have to risk it and look at some of the smaller second hand car sales pitches.

One of the things to be weary of is mileage clocking, this is where the read out is changed to show a lower mileage than. This is illegal, however for every 1,000 miles removed the asking price can jump up quite considerably. Both styles of readout can be changed but if the general wear and tear on the vehicle appears to be greater than the mileage it is likely that the mileage has been clocked.

Write down the car plate and engine number of you can see it, this can give you the chance to investigate the vehicle further. Simple checks can tell you if the car has any outstanding finance or if the car has been written off due to a serious accident. Ask to see the service history if it has one and avoid viewing vehicles in bad weather or dim light.

Always test drive a car before committing to it, and make sure you look over the car as if you were looking for faults. It is better to notice something before you buy than afterwards.

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