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What Do I Need To Worry About When Buying A Second Hand Car?


If you apply a little common sense when looking to purchase a second hand car, all should go well, and you could end up getting a car which will serve you well for a long time.

However, if you rush blindly into what seems like a good deal, then you could end up not even getting the car home before it breaks down.

When thinking of purchasing a car second hand there are some points which you should give consideration to and be on the look out for when giving your potential new car the once over.

Always go to view the car in good light. Never, ever go at night or view in an area which has very poor lighting. If the seller is reluctant to show you the vehicle in good lightning conditions, consider this a warning sign.

Always spend time looking for rust on the bodywork .While a few surface blisters are usually harmless, corrosion is a totally different thing. If you see a rust blemish then gently rub it with your finger and if you hear a rustling noise this could mean there is corrosion underneath the rust.

Look for any signs that the vehicle has been in a collision previously. Obvious signs are joins where the car has been welded, or creases on the bodywork.

Where possible take a qualified mechanic with you to view the vehicle before handing over any money.

Take the car for a test drive – it may be uncomfortable or have a blind spot. You can also see then just how ‘healthy’ it sounds.

Finally, walk away from the deal if anything such as the owner not being able to supply you with the correct documentation happens. If the vehicle registration documents do not agree with the address where you are viewing the car, be suspicious. The car could be stolen or it could be trader posing as a private seller.

Submitted by:

Louis Rix

Louis Rix is Director of http://Netcars.co.uk (http://www.netcars.co.uk) one of the UK's leading motoring websites. Established in 2000, its mission is to become the UK's number one site for used car searches and motoring information. Netcars also provide car finance, loans and insurance.





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