Used Car Precautions
Buying a car can be confusing. To help you get the best deal on the right car for you, we’ve put together some simple tips to help you through the car buying process and here we look at what to look for when buying a used car.
When buying a used car, it’s possible to avoid common scams and frauds by following this advice.
When calling in response to a private ad, be as vague as possible. ‘I’m calling about the car’ is a good opening line. If the response is ‘Which one?’ chances are you’re talking to a dealer pretending to be a private seller.
Arrange to view the car at the seller’s home if buying privately. Most people selling stolen cars will try to avoid this.
Be sure to get a vehicle history check done. This can cost as little as £5 and will prevent you buying a write off, or a car without outstanding finance payments.
Make sure the data from the check matches both the V5 document and the car itself. If it doesn’t then beware, the car could be stolen.
Two basic questions to ask the seller should be “Are you the owner?” and “Why are you selling it?”
If you are in any doubt, check to see if the service history matches what the owner has told you. For example, if it’s ‘only been used for the school run at home in Suffolk’, but several MOTs are from a garage in Scotland, then there could be more than meets the eye to the car or the seller.