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5 steps to buying a used car

Anyone who has bought a used car knows that there are several things that need to be considered if youíre to ensure you get the best value and quality. Here are some tips to help you with the process.


1 Ė Know your budget
Before you set out to choose your car, make sure you know what you can afford, whether thatís a lump sum or monthly payments. Browse through the stock lists on dealer sites to see what makes and models fall within your price range and work out how much your current car is worth if you wish to part exchange.

2 Ė Choose the right car
Itís always wise to take into account what youíre using your car for. If youíre making long commutes, for example, youíll need to think about running costs including tax and fuel efficiency. If you live in the city, you might consider a hybrid or electric vehicle.

3 Ė Checking the car over
Once youíve narrowed down the list, itís important to view the car and check it meets your expectations. Dealers tend to run thorough checks on used vehicles before putting them on sale, but itís worth double checking the service history and mileage with the sales advisor. If youíre buying privately, check the carís Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at the bottom of the windscreen, under the bonnet and stamped into the chassis under the carpet and make sure they match the number in the logbook. Make checks for dents and scratches in the bodywork, and check that the tyres are legal.

4 Ė Taking it for a test drive
Arguably one of the most important things to consider when choosing a car is whether you like driving it. Always take the car for a test drive and while out, be mindful of any unusual noises or anomalies in the handling. Take it along as many kinds of road as possible to get a good feel for how it drives.

5 Ė Doing the paperwork
Ensuring all the relevant paperwork is there might seem like a tedious task, but itís just as essential as making sure the car is right for you. Check the service history and logbook and if the seller is private, check the documents to ensure the details match. Itís also vital to ensure the MOT is valid.

Whether youíre buying†used cars in Manchester from a dealer or in London from a private seller, following the above advice will help you to ensure your vehicle meets the standard it should. Happy buying!


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