A Guide to Buying a Used Car
The majority of motorists prefer to buy a second-hand car, as it offers the best value for money, yet there are obvious risks attached to buying used vehicles. The car’s history, for example, might not be as it is described, and without some form of warranty, you really are taking a chance, and with that in mind, here are some tips on purchasing a used vehicle.
- Only Buy From a Reputable Dealer – If you buy a used car from a private seller, the vehicle is “sold as seen”, which means you have no warranty at all. The moment you drive the car away, you are responsible for any repairs that might be needed. There are quality used cars in Bridlington from a local dealer who only sells top quality vehicles, and they will even issue you with a solid warranty.
- Look at the Service History – Ideally, the car will have a full service history (FSH) which is the best indication that the previous owner(s) maintained the vehicle correctly. The maintenance details would be recorded in the rear section of the owner’s manual, along with exactly what work was carried out and by whom.
- Insist on a Test Drive – The best way to get the feel of a car is to drive it, and if you are not mechanically minded, bring along a friend who is, and he can listen to the engine and generally inspect the vehicle, looking for signs of rust or collision repair.
It is never wise to buy a used car from a private seller, rather you should look for a local used car dealership that has a good reputation within the local community.