Used Cars

How to Choose a Second-Hand Car

Posted on December 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

A car is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so it’s important you choose the right vehicle. There are all kinds of things that should be considered before you make a purchase, especially if you have little previous experience buying a used vehicle. Here are some top tips to help ensure you make the right investment:

  • Check the mileage. The average mileage is 15,000 miles per year, so any less than this is good. Be wary of cars that have done more miles than this and check whether the car will need any work doing on it in the near future – for example, break pads usually need replacing between 30,000 and 70,000 miles.
  • Take it for a test drive. It’s important that you feel how the car operates and identify any potential problems ahead of the sale. It will almost certainly feel very different to drive, but concentrate on actual faults rather than the things that are different to your current vehicle.
  • Check the log book and service history. Ideally you want to be driving a car that has a full service history, and that has a completed log book. This assures you it’s in good working condition and will get you a better price if you decide to sell it in future.
  • Look the car over thoroughly to see if there is any damage to the paintwork. It’s always worth going to see the car in daylight so that you’re able to see if properly. Once you’ve done this, check the inside to see if the upholstery is damaged. Do the lights and indicators work properly? Does the glove box open and close easily?
  • Get the car checked over by an independent expert. They will be able to spot problems that you might not, and they won’t have a vested interest in selling the car so they will be honest.
  • Ask for any added extras you want including. Dealers are often eager to get a sale so you can get away with making a few additional requests.

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Considering Vehicle Mileage before Buying a Vehicle

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm

If you’re looking to buy a used car, then one thing that you should definitely consider is vehicle mileage. You may find two identical cars for sale; the same engine size, colour, condition and age. Yet one is significantly cheaper than the other, and mileage is likely to have something to do with it.

If a typical hatchback vehicle (with a 1.4 petrol engine) has more than 150,000 miles than it may be rather cheap, yet it might not have as much life left as another vehicle. Then again if a high mileage vehicle has been properly serviced throughout the year, it could be in better shape than a vehicle with low mileage.

We’re not saying that you should completely avoid buying a used car that’s been driven frequently; we’re just saying that mileage is consideration that should be made. Then again the condition of a car usually gives an idea of how well it has been looked after, and you can always as to see the service history.

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