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Top Ten Tips For Buying Used Cars

Top Ten Tips For Buying Used Cars

Posted On 27 Nov, 2013

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When you are buying a used car, the many requirements and questions that may pop up in your head may seem like a minefield. Well, don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be that way. As long as you are prepared, buying a used vehicle can be easy and, more importantly, exciting.

1. Always do your research. Make sure that you know what is currently available on the market, and, exactly what you are looking for. Look into the factors affecting your decision, like the value of specific used cars, where to buy it from etc.  Making sure that the used car you are looking at is affordable and is suiting your needs is obviously very important. You can use sites like www.hertzcarsales.co.uk to see which vehicles are available.

2. Decide upon your price brackets. There is no point in falling in love with a specific vehicle, only to find that is very much out of your price range. Talk with your family or with yourself, look at your finances, and work out how much you can afford.

3.Once you’ve decided upon a car you like, you want to go and check the car out, personally. Run over a list of all the important questions you need to ask, and examine the vehicle thoroughly. Remember to always pop the hood and have a look at the interior as well as the exterior.

4.Look at the service documentation that comes with your second hand car. This should  tell whether the vehicle has had any accidents or undergone any extensive servicing that may have caused troubles in the car, thereby decreasing its value.

5.Ask to see the VSC Registration to find out who owned the car before. Feel free to call these past owners, so that you can ask any questions, or get a general grip on their lifestyle so that you know how the vehicle has been used before. This will give you a good idea on any potential damage or problems.

6.Take a deeper look at your proposed vehicle. If you aren’t car minded, bring along a friend or a professional who is. They will help you to look at things you might not be knowledgeable at, like tyre tread or transmission.

7.Ask for the car to be started in a stationary position. Make sure you look at important things like the exhaust. An exhaust will pump out water vapour for a couple of minutes initially. If this continues for some time, there are evidently problems with the interior. Avoid such vehicles at any cost.

8.Ask questions about the car. The more you know about your vehicle of choice, the more sure you will be about its suitability. Don’t feel constrained or shy about asking things that you might think are evident. There is no harm in obvious questions; so go ahead and ask away.

9.Take a test drive. This is very important and any car dealership worth their salt will suggest it anyhow. You might wonder whether you can really decide if a car is right for you from one short test drive. Well, now, with Hertz Rent2Buy, you can test drive a used car for a much longer period, and make an informed decision. Even better, if you decide to buy, the cost of rent will be deducted from the original buying price, leaving you with a bargain and great peace of mind.

10.Finally, before you purchase any used vehicle, make sure that you are happy with everything. If you have any last minute questions or concerns, ask away, and absolutely do not sign or agree anything until you are completely content. One last thing; don’t transfer anything, moneywise, before you have a contract that has been agreed by both parties. Protect yourself!

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