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How to Buy a Used Car

Are you looking to buy a car but don’t want to break the bank when doing so, then take a look at these points from where you should look at buying, when you find a car you like at a great price how you can check its mechanically sound.

First thing is first, what type of car do you want a hatchback, saloon, family vehicle, sports car. What size engine do you want, small and economic or big and beefy. You can search online for the exact type of car that you want because most websites have search boxes with keywords in which will help select the car that you want. The best way to get a car is to buy for an individual seller rather than a dealer but you have to check the sellers ID and the cars title and make sure that they match before you even talk about putting money down.

If you find a car that you like and want to commit to buying it but don’t know if it’s too good to be true because of the great price then you need to do some detective work. First off ask to review the cars service history this will give you a great indication whether or not the car has been a lot of trouble in the past. Then contact a repair shop if you think that something needs doing just to price up how much it could be.

The official government car website allows you to put the cars registration to get all the information that has been recorded on the system so that you can check that it is not stolen, it has not been scrapped or written off.

Of course there is no better way to check the car than checking it yourself. If you know nothing about cars then take someone with you that does so that they can check out the things that they know go wrong on cars all of the time.

Inspect the car thoroughly – generally during the daylight and definitely make sure that you drive it because the most problems are when you drive a car. Look for things like a steering wheel which shakes oddly when driving at or above 60mph, gaps in the doors, a boot that doesn’t close properly, tire tread and signs of flood damage is the usual culprit.

If a car is labelled on a website as a private advert sold as seen or as it then obviously it is sold to you exactly how it is and how you see it.

So keep your head in check and have your buttons on when going to view a car that you could potentially buying.

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Thursday, October 10th, 2013 by Katy Quinn About Us

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