Sunday 1 July 2018

How to Test Drive a Used Car Before Purchase

If you are looking at purchasing a used car then there are many things to consider before handing over your money. New cars come fault free and include warranty, however, the second-hand market comes with lots of faulty, damaged or even crashed or stolen cars.

Here are a few checks that could save you a lot of money and hassle.

HPI Check - It is important to check out the car to see if it has been written off, stolen or has outstanding finance on the car. These checks can be completed online and only take a few minutes to complete and I would say it is essential for every second-hand car that is purchased. Research shows that on the roads today there are lots of cars that are being driven that have been written off or had a motor swap and then sold on as a roadworthy car. For your own safety, it is worth checking.

Test Drive - When taking a used car test drive make sure you check out every element of the car. Go on a selection of different roads, at different speeds and try different corners. Get a good feel for the car and listen out to noises in the car that could be a potential issue. Pay special attention to the feel of the steering wheel, gear stick and pedals. Here you will get the feedback from the car and will help you understand if the car is in good health.

Research - Take a look online about the different, models, trim levels and options available on the car, so when you do test drive one you get the one that is perfect for you.

Check The Tyres - One of the simplest checks that anyone can do on the used car is check the tyres. A visual inspection on the car will let you know how soon the car is going to require new tyres. Depending on the car it will be either hundreds or even thousands to replace all the tyres. Check the thread depth and also look for any metal that may have punctured the tyre.

Shop Around - You do not need to go to a dealership to buy a used car. You can also take a look at vehicles which are available at local auctions. It's often a good idea to take a look at used cars for sale online as well. Do not limit yourself, when it comes to searching for used cars to buy. The more you shop around, the more likely you are to get the best value for your money.

Doing the above will mean that you are more likely to get the best deal that will last the longest for you to enjoy.

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