You could save a lot of money if you buy a used car in Preston, but how do you spot the bargains from the bangers? Take a look at these five tips.
- Wait until the weather is good
Delaying your trip to the car garage until the sun’s shining will work in your favour, as you won’t be able to see any problems with the bodywork if it’s covered in rain. For similar reasons, make sure you go during daylight hours and you can walk around the car fully. You never know whether it’s been parked against a brick wall to disguise a problem with the rear end!
- Enquire about MOT and service history
Make sure you check that the car has had MOTs when necessary and been serviced regularly. A used car should have a paper trail, so alarm bells should ring if this is missing.
- Get under the bonnet
Don’t be afraid to get under the car’s bonnet and have a nosy; it’s not wise to buy something based solely on how the body looks. If you don’t know much about cars and would struggle to spot any problems, it’s best to take along a friend or relative who knows what to look for. You don’t want to drive away in something that’s on its last legs because you didn’t notice that crucial engine problem!
- Ask questions
Ask as many questions as you can think of when viewing prospective purchases. A salesperson with a good knowledge of the vehicle should be able to answer all questions in detail, so be wary if there are any gaps.
- Take it for a spin
It’s best to take any used car you’re thinking of buying for a test run before putting pen to paper. You’ll be able to see how it handles and find out whether anything just feels a bit off.