The article concerns the question – Why You Should Buy a Second Hand Car. The myth that buying a new car is so much better than buying a used car is one that has been marketed with such genius by car dealerships it has become embedded in society that if you want a good quality car you have to buy new. This of course is not the case and here are some tips to help you get best purchase for your money when buying second hand.
Research your potential purchase
If you spot a car you might want to buy, be sure to do your homework when it comes to looking it up. For example look up the price the average price from other dealerships and make sure you’re not being ripped off and also on the other hand make sure your deal isn’t too good to be true. If you find you’ve landed an outrageous bargain, there may be a reason behind it, and not a good one!
The AA can provide a car data check and is well worth investing in if you think your new purchase may have previously been in an accident and it has been covered up.
Research your model for common faults and problems that may occur with that particular car. Many sites can provide good reliable customer reviews of cars and could help you avoid a potential disaster with a new purchase.
Make sure you view the car in the clear light of day
Viewing a car at night can cloud your perception of it you won’t be able to get a true feel for how the car looks and its true condition. The same goes for when it’s raining; when it rains it can conceal scratches and imperfections on the body work. Make sure you can see the car clearly from all angles to get a feel for what the car is really like.
Make sure you know the service history of a car
With any car it might require some work over the course of its life and so your new car should come with a host of MOTS, garage bills and records of regular servicing etc here are some things to look out for:
If there’s no history with the car ask why, the dealer may be trying to hide something from you.
Are there any inconsistencies in the history? Does the mileage from each MOT correspond from one to the other? These may point to the dealer trying to cover something up again.
Can you spot a persistent fault with the car either through MOT or garage records? If so this could point towards a potential problem for you.
So on the whole buying a used car could save you a small fortune if you don’t’ bow to the marketing pressure of car dealerships however make sure you’re careful with what you buy and who you buy form.