Buying a used car can be an exciting and stressful time. On the one hand, you’re buying a car that will give you the freedom to go where you like when you like. On the other hand, there are lots of things to consider.
But buying a car needn’t be that stressful if you pay attention to a few important factors. In this article, I’ll share some tips on how you can buy a used car without too much stress.
Getting The Right Price
On the whole, older cars are generally cheaper than new cars. This means that you should be able to grab a bargain if you are savvy in your car hunting.
In their first year alone, a new car can drop up to 40% of its value. With a used car, you can haggle on the price. Don’t be afraid to offer less than the asking price, but be reasonable with the amount that you offer and make sure you suggest a fair price.
Find a Car That Is Cheap To Run
Think about how much the car you will be buying will cost to run. A car with a smaller engine will often have greater fuel efficiency than one with a bigger engine. A petrol car will generally be cheaper to buy and to run than a diesel car.
On top of fuel costs, you will need to think about your road tax too. Again, cars with smaller engines will cost less to tax.
Get Insurance Quotes First
Before you commit to buying a car, get a quote from a few insurance companies and see how much you will need to pay to insure the vehicle.
While on the whole, smaller cars are again cheaper to insure, there are also a number of other factors associated with the make and model which could lower or raise the price.
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Inspect The Vehicle Thoroughly
When it comes to buying a used car, especially from a private seller, you do need to beware. Some sellers may try to conceal expensive defects in the car and you may not notice some problems that lurk beneath the surface.
Inspect the car thoroughly. Listen to the engine, let it rev a while. Look out for any knocking sounds from the engine or any misfiring. Check under the car for signs of rust. Look at the paintwork and see if you can spot any signs of bubbling. Check that the tyres have a good amount of tread.
Take the car out for a test drive. Look for signs that the car is pulling to one side, and listen out for knocking sounds from the steering and suspension.
Get a HPI check
Before you agree to buying the car, make sure it is legitimate. Have a HPI check carried out on the car to find out whether it has been written off or reported stolen at any point.
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