Tips & Tricks When Buying A Used Car *

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Buying a new car is both exciting and scary because you want to make sure that not only the car is suitable for your needs but that the car is in proper working order and that you’re not buying something that’s going to need a lot of work and time and money spent on it. I’m currently on the lookout for another car because of the new laws coming in later this month about diesel cars and the emissions etc so I’m having to switch over to a petrol car and I’ll admit I’m super sad to get rid of my little Clio which I learned to drive in. 

I’m planning on using a car dealership to buy my next car so I can trade in my current car and put the money towards my next car. If you find you’re in the same boat as me and planning on buying a used car then this post might be helpful as I’m talking about some ways to make sure you’re buying a good car for the right price.

When buying a used car you have two options: either buying from a private seller or a car dealership. They both should share the cars full history including any accidents or repairs done in the car's life, as this gives the potential buyer an idea of how much the car is worth. KAP is a credible used cars dealership that can help you find your best fit and make sure that you are spending your money in the right place and getting a good deal. 

You can also take a mechanic or someone you know who knows about cars to check out the car you're looking at and to get a second opinion about it. I've only owned two cars but whenever I've looked at a car to buy I have taken along someone who knows a lot about cars to give me a second opinions and they've actually stopped me from buying a car that I really liked the look of but the person I took along said that it was "a bag of nails" because it had so many problems wrong with it, yep really lol. 

Another simple way which both car dealerships and private sellers should offer is to be able to test drive the car. Because then you can see for yourself how it drives and if it's comfortable and suitable for you. I personally wouldn't buy a car without first trying it out so I think it's definitely something to consider before handing over your money.

Also by googling and researching prices of the car(s) you're interested in and see how much other car dealerships and private sellers are selling them for. Websites such as Gumtree and Autotrader should come in handy for any researching and you can also show a seller that X car is selling for X amount cheaper and then you can try and get a better price if they are asking a little more than you would like to pay.

Another tip which I do without fail if I see a car for sale online on either Gumtree or Autotrader that I'm interested in is to check the MOT status. It's super simple and also free. By doing this you can make sure that the REG plate does fit the car's description and isn't a fake (that's happened to me before) and you can also see if there's any repetitive problems or advisories, so it can help you make up your mind whether you want to look at the car or not.
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