What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

If you are like most people, you prefer to buy a second-hand car, rather than a new one, as this offers the best value for money. However, there is an element of risk when buying a used car, and with that in mind, here are a few things to look for when inspecting a car with a view to purchasing.

  • Service History– Every car should have its service history recorded, which can usually be found in the rear section of the owner’s manual, and would include details of every service. Ideally, you want a car that has a full service history, which is evidence that the car has been well-maintained. If you are looking for a used Nissan in Plymouth, for example, an online search will put you in touch with a local car dealer.
  • Vehicle Warranty– The reason to buy from a dealer is that you will get a warranty, rather than ‘sold as seen’, which is normal when you buy a car from a private seller. Prior to a dealer putting a used car on his forecourt, the vehicle would be fully inspected and any repairs would be carried out.
  • The Right Price– It is a good idea to do some research to see how much the market value is for the car you have in mind. The value would depend on the age and the condition of the car, and when buying from a dealer, you can barter, while the dealer would probably take your old car in part exchange.

The Internet can help put you in touch with a local used car dealer, and once you see something interesting, pay them a visit and test drive the car.

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