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How To Evaluate A Second Hand Car Before The Test Drive

How To Evaluate A Second Hand Car Before The Test Drive

Posted On 18 Nov, 2013

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You should evaluate anything before you buy it, and used cars are no exception. If you don’t check the car thoroughly, both externally and internally, how will you ever know if it is the right one for you?

To begin with the process, go online and research about the used vehicle of your choice. Have a look at what other people say about that model or brand, obviously taking any findings with a pinch of salt. Find out what the experts say; there are many online blogs like this one that look at a huge variety of used vehicles and review them. Afterwards, visit a site like hertzcarsales.co.uk and see what vehicles are being offered. Look at the fine details; things like transmission, fuel consumption and the like, along with obvious details such as colour and fuel type.

Once you find a pre-owned vehicle that you like, check out its paperwork. Look through the service history, making sure that there are no major accidents or incidents that may devalue the car, or even worse, leave you stuck with a dud. You can also obtain the VSC Registration document, to find out who owned the car before, and then call them if you have any questions. Making checks like these on a used vehicle will leave you feeling much more secure in your possible purchase.

Carry out a physical check of the car. Look all over the bodywork for any damage and make sure you pop the hood to look at the interior. If you don’t know much about cars, bring along somebody who does.

If you’ve carried out all the above tests and are happy, then congratulations, it’s time for a test drive! However, can you really find out whether you like a car, with just one, thirty minute drive? What if you could take an almost unlimited test drive, to really discover how a car feels? Well, now with Hertz Rent2Buy, you can. This excellent scheme allows you to rent the used car of your choice, so that you can thoroughly test it before purchasing. And, if you decide to buy, Hertz will deduct the cost of rent from the original cost of the vehicle!

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