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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car?

January 14, 2016 at 11:43 AM

Do you need to buy a new car? If so, then you could save yourself thousands of pounds by buying a second-hand car from a reputable dealership, such as Chris Waite Car Sales. A good used car with a solid service history will have lower insurance costs, lower taxes and a much lower overall price than a brand new car.

Visiting a used car showroom can be a daunting prospect, but doing a bit of research into things to look out for, such as mileage, colour, engine, year, model and transmission, will pay dividends.

Here are some other things that you may wish to take into consideration before buying a used car:


1. Interior Comfort

These are minor things but will greatly add to the enjoyment of your car should you choose to buy it. Does it have a cup holder? Do the air conditioning and heating work properly?


2. Check the Tyres

Most people check tyres but don't forget to check the condition of the spare wheel located in the boot.


3. Weather

Try and visit the showroom in daylight hours, ideally when it is not raining -hard in this country I know! This will allow you to properly check the condition of the car's paintwork.


4. Rust

Have a look under the mats in the footwells for any signs of rust. It's a common place to find it, but many people wouldn't think to check there during a brief inspection.


5. Take someone with you

It's always good to have another opinion and you could ask them to rev the engine while you stand at the rear or the car to see if there is any black smoke coming out. If there is, it could mean that the engine burning too much oil.


6. Service History

Don't forget to ask about service history- look for records of a persistent problem recurring over the years. If the car is older than three years, check for regular MOT certificates


7. Locking Wheel Nuts.

Wheel nut adaptors have a tendency to go missing over the years, so ask whether the correct adaptor for your wheel nuts is included. If it is, check that it fits over the nuts.


8. Brake Fluid

When checking under the bonnet, have a quick look at the colour of the brake fluid, which should ideally be a clear yellowish colour. Brake fluid that is dark brown to black will eventually need to be flushed out and replaced to prevent the eventual deterioration of the master cylinders and callipers.


9. The Test Drive

A quick test drive is your chance to see if the car is right for you. Take it over a bumpy stretch of road, and listen for any clunking sounds.


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