How to Choose a Used Car

By Chaudhary Khalid Rafiq | Dec 21, 2017

For many people, buying a new car is not an option due to their financial situation. However, one thing that many people do is opt for a used car. Of course, this can be riskier than buying brand new because of possible issues or lack of warranty depending on where you buy from. However, you don’t need to worry about depreciation or paying out a fortune if you find the right car.


Whether you are looking for a Ford Focus, a Honda Civic or any other make and model, you should find plenty to choose from. One of the decisions you have to make is whether to buy from a private seller or a garage. You also need to take a number of other factors into consideration when you buy a used car.


Some of the things to consider before you purchase

By making sure you take important factors into consideration when you buy a used car, you can enjoy greater peace of mind. You are more likely to get a car that suits your needs and will not cause you any issues by looking at these key points before making your decision:


  • The cost of the car versus the mileage and age: Used cars are considerably cheaper than brand new. However, you still need to ensure you are getting value for money on the vehicle. You should therefore weigh up the price against the age, condition, and mileage on the vehicle.


  • Service history: Make sure you ask for the full service history of the vehicle before you make a decision. This will provide greater peace of mind and protection for you when it comes to making the purchase. If you cannot get a service history or you have any doubts, make sure you get someone qualified to check the vehicle for you, particularly if buying from a private seller.


  • Any warranty: If you are buying from a showroom or garage, there is a good chance that you will get some level of warranty. This could be anything from a few months upwards, so make sure you check on this just in case there are any issues with the vehicle.


  • Test drive: You should always make sure you test drive any vehicle that you are considering buying, whether it is from a showroom, garage, or private seller. This will enable you to see how the car handles and whether you are comfortable driving it. Try to drive for around half an hour if you can to get a feel for the car.


Another thing you should do in check on the history of the vehicle, as this will enable you to see whether it has been involved in any accidents in the past. This will then help you to avoid buying a vehicle that is likely to have a lot of problems or could even be dangerous to drive because of the damage that it has sustained in the past.

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