Having put it off for a few months, I have finally decided that it is time to probably ditch my current car and maybe start to look for an upgrade. Finding the right car is never easy, but the fact is that I need a better car for the family. I also want one that is economical and cheap to run.
Although the use car market is huge and one that can be difficult to navigate, I have decided to be brave and go second-hand.
I think that used is the way to go primarily because you can save so much money. Additionally, there are so many options when you buy second-hand, so with a little patience and determination, I am sure that I will find the perfect car.
I have established a budget and done some research on the type of car that I can afford, so now I need to start looking at dealerships and private sellers. Fortunately, the internet has made this very easy!
Like me, I am sure that you have heard all kinds of horror stories of people buying used cars from dodgy private sellers. If you are also looking at buying used, then I suggest reading up on a few of the more common scams – many of these could be very easy to fall for.
In addition to the common scams, I have also been reading up on how to go about checking over a used car and what to look for when I take it for a test drive. I have read plenty of great advice, but one of my favourite tips has been to hire a mechanic to check over the car before putting any cash down.
I am wary of the previous owners and the vehicle’s past too. You can check over a car and get a mechanic’s assessment, but this won’t uncover any secrets that the seller is trying to conceal. One of the best ways to see how a car has been maintained by previous owners is with an MOT history check from a company like HPI. It will also indicate if there are any recurring issues that I need to be aware of. These companies can carry out full vehicle history checks and this is a good way to sidestep any scams, so I will certainly be doing this.
Entering the used car market is a bit scary, but there is some great advice out there and I am confident that I will find what I’m after.