6 Essential Tips When Buying A Used Car
Buying a car is a big decision, whether it is new or used. When you are buying a used car, though, there are additional things you need to consider. To make sure you get the best used car for your needs, follow these essential tips.
Work Out Your Budget
Before you start looking for used cars you should carefully work out your budget. This should include looking at how much money you have to spend now on either buying the car in full or as a deposit. It should also include how much money you can afford monthly to repay a loan or finance arrangement.
Make sure you also factor in the other costs of owning a vehicle including insurance, annual servicing, and maintenance costs for regular things like tyres, or unplanned situations when you will need repairs.
Research And Compare
When you start looking at vehicles make sure you compare everything in the deal. One car you are looking at might be cheaper than another, but the more expensive car might have lower mileage, a better specification, or a better history. You can also get used cars with good warranties and other guarantees.
You will probably keep any used car that you buy for a while so spend some time on this part of the process to make sure you are getting the right car and the best deal possible.
View The Car During The Day
The best time to view a car is during the day when the light is good and it is not raining. You will not be able to check the car fully if you view it in the dark, or even just as it is getting dark.
Take A Test Drive
Always take the car for a test drive. This will help you spot anything that might be mechanically wrong with the car, even if you know nothing about cars. Listen for any strange noises and generally make sure everything works as you would expect it to.
The test drive is also an opportunity for you to get a better understanding of what it will be like actually living with the car. Are the seats and the driving position comfortable? Do all the controls make sense? Is there enough room in the back, particularly if you have car seats? Is the boot big enough?
And don’t feel under pressure when you are taking a test drive or looking at the car – it is a big decision so take as much time as you need.
Check The Paperwork And History
Always check the paperwork too. This includes the Vehicle Registration Certificate, the service history, and the NCT. If you are buying from a private seller you should also get a history check on the car to make sure there is nothing in its history that might come back to bite you.
Buy An Approved Used Car
You can buy a used car from a number of different sources including private sellers and dealers. Approved used cars are the safest and best option if you want:
- Peace of mind
Take the BMW Premium Selection programme that we operate here at Martin Reilly Motors. This programme means that every used car we sell has:
- 2 year unlimited mileage warranty
- Guarantee of maintenance free driving for at least six months and 6,000 kilometres
- 2 year emergency service cover and replacement car
- A service history that is 100 percent certified
- Independent mileage history check
- NCT guarantee
- Wide choice of cars that cover the whole BMW range
Essentially this means you can get all the benefits of a new car, but at a lower cost.
This video explains it further.
Getting a new car is exciting – by following these tips you will ensure you get the best deal.