Used Car Buyer’s Guide

There is something very special about buying a car, it’s not an age thing, it applies to everyone. Buying a used car or new one, it doesn’t matter, what’s important is “it’s your car.” Follow our Used Car Buyer’s Guide and get a bargain! and not a banger!

Before you buy a car

Budget to buy a used car

How much will your car cost to buy and run? ...

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Buying from a car dealer

A dealer gives you benefits, but the car will cost more...

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Buying a car privately

A car will be less buying private but so will your legal rights...

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Your legal rights

Bought a dodgy car? Check out the Sale of Goods Act...

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Buying the car

Checking a car’s history

Is the car to good to be true? Check the history!...

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Questions to ask when buying a car

If you don't get the right answers - don't buy the car...

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Inspecting a car

Check the car for faults - inside - outside and the engine...

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Clocking: is the mileage genuine?

Low mileage great! Or has the car been Clocked!...

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Test driving a car

Whats the car like to drive - does everything work - do you like it... ...

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The car buying process

Remember they want to sell more than you need to buy!...

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Don’t buy without checking

Required documents

If the seller can't produce the information then walk away...

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V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate (Logbook)

V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate (Logbook) displays the registered keeper of the car.

Don't even think about buying a car without a valid V5C...

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MOT Check (MOT certificate)

MOT check. Is the MOT certificate genuine?

Over 3 years old the car needs a valid MOT? You must see it!...

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Vehicle identification number (VIN)

The car's VIN helps in the process of tracking a stolen car

If the VIN has been tampered with don't buy the car...

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Buying a used car topics

Budget to buy a used car – Without doubt buying a car is an exciting time, but you do need to work out how much you can afford to pay for the car before you start looking because there are loads of running costs to consider in addition to the car purchase.

Buying from a dealer – Beware of dodgy car salesman when you buy a car through a dealer.

Buying a car privately – Look out for the pitfalls of buying a car privately (from a complete stranger) don’t just take someone’s’ word, Check it out!

Checking a cars’ history – Always check out the car, is the car Clocked or Stolen? The price of a Car History Check is nothing compared to what you could lose if you buy a bad car.

Questions to ask when buying a car – These questions apply to both dealer and private sales. Never buy a used car if you don’t know the history.

Inspecting a car – No matter how much you like a car, if you are in any doubt about the cars condition, walk away, there’s always a better car around the corner.

Clocking – Is the car mileage genuine? A low mileage car is great! But has the car been clocked to hide the cars real mileage and value. Always get the car history checked.

Test driving a car – You must test drive the car thoroughly (many people don’t) be sure it’s’ in good condition, free of faults and its comfortable.

The car buying process – Never pay the asking price when buying a car. The seller will be expecting you to negotiate, don’t disappoint them. Don’t worry about haggling, remember it’s your money you will be saving and finally remember to stick to your budget. SUGGEST YOU TAKE A COPY OF THIS PAGE WITH YOU.

Download our Used Car Receipt – The receipt will enable you to record the purchase details when buying a used car, it will also help you remember what you must receive such as the V5C, spare keys, radio code and other items.

Required documents – The MOT and logbook (V5C) helps establish the car is legitimate. If the seller can’t produce them, don’t buy the a car and only accept originals (no photocopies).

V5C Vehicle Registration Certificate Never buy a used car without the V5C (also known as the Logbook).

MOT Certificate – Once a car reaches three years old it must, by Law, have an MOT with a new one issued each year after. Having an MOT certificate does not mean the car is in a roadworthy condition for the period of the MOT, it just means it was passed legal on the date of the MOT.

Vehicle Identification Number – The VIN is the unique code used to identify an individual car and will never change legitimately.

Your Legal Rights! – If you buy a car with a problem, you do have Legal Rights.

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