When the time does come that you might need to replace your car and if you are considering replacing your existing car with a brand new one or a used one, there are a few issues that need to be considered before deciding. Although buying a used car could in fact be cheap in the short run there might be unforeseen circumstances in the future that mean you would have to spend more money on it. Either way, buying any car can be daunting but this is then intensified when you are buying a used car. you need to make sure that you ask the right questions and check the right things before you fork over money. With this in mind, we have come up with a checklist that covers various aspects of the car that should provide you with all the information you need.
The first thing to consider before exchanging money is the paperwork. You should ask to see the V5C registration document that should come with the car, make sure that the number plate of the car matches what is listed on the registration form, make sure that it is not a fake and finally make sure that the person selling you the car is the same person that is listed on the registration document. You should also check the maintenance records of the car to make sure that it has kept to the schedule and has passed its MOT.
Once you have confirmed the paper work, it is now time to give the car a onceover. Here are a few things you should be looking out for;
Bodywork – Make sure that you are looking at the car in daylight of in a well light room as darkness can hide signs of damage and wear and tear. Look out for scrapes and dents around the car and any other signs of extensive damage.
Tyres – You should check out the tyres for signs of damage, make sure that they are all balanced and even. Make sure that they are in perfect working condition, make sure that they all have enough tread in them to last you a while (do the 20p test if necessary).
Fluids – while you’re there, you should also take a peak under the bonnet, check the fluid levels (oil, brake, steering). Make sure that they are all full and in working conditions, test out the wiper fluids and the wipers.
Interior – Check out the interior of the car, is the upholstery in good conditions? Are there any stains that you think might not get out? Raise the floormats and check for holes and rust.
Doors and Windows – Make sure that all the features and gadgets in the car work, if it has central locking make sure that it works. Open and close the windows and sunroof (if available), check the radio and AC, check the cd player, Bluetooth and sat nav.
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