Buying a used car can save you money but there are risks involved too. Here are some tips to help you buy with confidence so you don’t end up with a lemon.
Where to Buy a Used Car
If you’re nervous about buying a used car and don’t have much car knowledge, a dealer or trader is an easier place to start than buying privately. A dealer is likely to have put a used car through a rigorous inspection and offer a good warranty. This might cost more upfront but it can offer you peace of mind and save you money down the road.
Viewing the Car
Tyres – inspect them properly. How much tread have they got? Do you need to factor in the cost of changing them?
Condition of bodywork – don’t be too put off by small dents or scratches in a used car, these can be fixed fairly cheaply, but do use them to negotiate.
Fluid levels – Open the bonnet and check all the levels – including oil and brake fluid. If they’re low, it could be a sign that the car hasn’t been well maintained.
Spare wheel – is it there, and in good condition?
Finally, take the car for a test drive. As well as looking for any issues, the test drive is a good opportunity to make sure you’re buying a used car that you like with the sort of performance you are looking for.