by on August 6, 2020
When you drive a new car outside the showroom it instantly loses about 20% of its value instantly - which means that buying a car can never be an investment. However, if you are buying a second hand car, you can find an affordable motor at a price that will not go down as fast as a new car - so buying a new car can prove to be a much more effective purchase than buying a second hand used cars

But we can sometimes believe that in the world of second hand car sales there are concerns with stereotypical car sellers, undoubtedly jumping on customers and taking advantage of their ignorance about mechanics. So, how do you go about buying a second hand car that won’t break the moment you get off at sunset? There are three main places to buy a second hand car: from a second hand car dealership, from a private dealer or auction.

Buying from a reputable second hand car dealership is probably the safest way to buy a second hand car, especially if you don’t have much knowledge about the car. Dealerships usually inspect vehicles for safety and mechanical clarity and often offer some guarantees. However, the downside to buying from a dealership is that they tend to be a bit more expensive than buying in person - although they are often open to price negotiations.

It is possible to make some great bargains on second hand cars at auction. However, buying from car auctions usually doesn't give you much time to drive or test - so be careful; Even more so when buying from online auction sites where you only have photographs and a brief description.

Private car dealers will be available through local paperwork, notice boards and online second hand car assortments. There is no shortage of private car dealers and this is probably the most common way to buy a second hand car. After finding the car of interest, a buyer can arrange a visit with a seller by phone or email and make the offer.

Before buying any second hand car, first check the current market price of the car you want to check. Most newsgents have guidebooks that create models for almost all cars and give an approximate value related to age.

When you are inspecting a car, check the body work first. Is there any erosion or rust? It is rare to find a car that is more than 5 years old that is completely rust free, but no structure is structural, make sure it is cosmetic. Then check the general condition of the engine and check the color of the oil and coolant, as this may clue the condition. Also check the mileage, ask to see the car log book and the amount of tax and MOT. I put it in the car.

As long as you do your background research, and handle the entire check before parting with your cash, buying a second-hand car can be a very cost-effective way to buy a car - putting you on the road without breaking the bank.

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