Buying A Quality Used Car, From Budget to Paperwork

Posted by Ben Davidson about 5 months ago
Some people go their whole lives without discovering they utter joy of a great preloved car. Being put off my minor bodywork issues, or sometimes ever a ‘too good to be true’ price, might mean you are missing out on a car filled with personality. Sure’ it’s been around the block a few times, but it’s worn in all the right places and still had plenty left to give. But what should you be looking for when you buy a secondhand car? Let’s take a peek. 

Before you look at cars, work out what you can afford to spend. A budget is the only way this will work. It is so easy to say you have around 3 thousand pounds and head to your nearest trade seller. They will see the dollar signs and take you to a 2,999 car. So rather than getting swept up, consider the car, plus taxes and insurances. That is your real budget. Then consider it may need some work, and a service straight away. 
Write down everything you want or need in a care. Do you need 5 or 7 seats, and automatic or a manual? Would you prefer gas or diesel? What color? What make and model? A real off-road monster or city slicker? Then set up some alerts on selling sites. Keep an eye on the prices, then you’ll soon be able to spot a good deal. 

Once you arrive at the trader, be ready to fire some questions. Get as much information about the car as they can give. As for old service records, how many owners has it had, are there any knocks or scrapes? What warranty do they offer? Go through the paperwork. Double check the details. Get anything like warranty or money back guarantees in writing. You might like to take a friend along with you, just to keep you on track. Make sure you test drive the car. Is everything you see included in the price? You might be tempted to pay for the car in cash, but when possible use a card transaction. The more of a paper trail you have the better if anything should go wrong. 

And prepare yourself to haggle a little bit. Their best price is rarely their very best price. Try and knock a little off, or get something thrown in. Every little help. 

Once you are home, you’re going to need to sort a few things out. Book your car in for a service. You will likely have very little idea of the last tie the oil was changed, or the last 32+ point check took place. If you opted for a diesel vehicle, ensure that you book in with a Certified Diesel Care. Take it to get cleaned out, or maybe that is something you’d like to do yourself. After all, just because you took it home, doesn’t mean it did go out a few times with other potential buyers. 

Now, go hit the road!
Tags:

Latest Articles

See All
  • Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons
    Buy New, Buy Used, Or Lease: Pros & Cons

    February 15, 2019 - So, let’s simplify things. Below, we’ve looked at the pros and cons of each of the three options, so you can see - at a glance - which might be the most suitable for you.

  • Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss
    Cutting Down Car Maintenance Costs Like A Boss

    February 15, 2019 - Here, we’ll talk about how you can cut down your car maintenance costs like a boss. Whether you have a little run around or a more expensive sports car, the below tips will help you to cut back on unnecessary payments.

  • 5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs
    5 Ways To Spend Less On Auto Repairs

    February 15, 2019 - A single repair can land you in financial trouble if you don’t have the money to cover it, but you can’t really avoid it. If the car is broken and you need it, you’ll have to get it fixed whether you can afford it or not. That might mean borrowing mo

  • What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident
    What To Do If Your Child Is In A Car Accident

    February 15, 2019 - This is a worst-case scenario, and we’ve knocked on wood that you or your child will never have to experience this throughout their whole driving career. But well-wishes and hopes don’t help much when the event has just taken place. Instead, you want

  • Making Your Vehicle Your Own
    Making Your Vehicle Your Own

    February 12, 2019 - So, it’s not all too surprising that many of us want to put our own personal stamp on our car and help it to stand out from the crowd. Here are just a few things that you can do to truly make your vehicle your own.

  • How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable
    How to Make Driving Your Car More Enjoyable

    February 12, 2019 - Fortunately, in this day and age there are enough products, services, and other useful bits of advice that’ll have you enjoying your time behind the wheel. Below, we take a look at nine ways to boost your driving experience.

  • One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And Drive?
    One More Will Hurt! Why Do People Still Drink And ...

    February 12, 2019 - But we only have to look at other drivers out there who continually take risks, by cutting in front of us, not indicating, and, of course, speeding, to see that risk-taking is a major factor, stemming from a sense of ignorance behind the wheel. And,

  • From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Problem On The Roads?
    From Bumper To Driver... What Is The Biggest Probl...

    February 12, 2019 - We've all got our own opinions as what is the biggest hazard, from drink drivers to distracted drivers, and all the various subcategories in between, like traffic. But, what is the answer? Is there one overriding problem? Let's see if we can answer t

  • How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You
    How to Choose which Car Brand is Suitable for You

    February 9, 2019 - Buying a new car can be a thrilling experience. The feeling cannot be compared to any other, and when you are cruising down the open road you will know that deep down, you made the right decision. If you are having a hard time choosing a brand for yo

  • But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested
    But Officer ! What To Do When You're Arrested

    February 9, 2019 - For anyone who enjoys old cars and good TV shows, the Lucifer series with Tom Ellis is a pleasure for the eyes. Lucifer Morningstar drives a classic 1962 Corvette C1 convertible. The car, entirely black, has appealed to the viewers from the first mom

Share This!

or