Buying your first car can be a nerve-racking experience in itself, but when you’re buying a used car as your first ever car, well that’s a whole other ball game. When buying a second hand car you must look at every aspect of the car and make sure that you are 100% confident and comfortable that you are getting the best deal possible on your car. So, first things first:
Bring along someone who knows a good deal about cars
This is very important, as this person will know if you’re getting the best deal possible, and they will also know whether the car is in good enough shape for you. They will also able to give you advice on what kind of car will suit you.
Find the car history report
This is a very simple but equally as important step to take if buying a used car. To do this you can use the websites “MyWheels” or “CarTell”. These will help you to find out if there are any previous histories on the car and should aid you in deciding on the car you want.
Take it for a Test-drive
This step is very necessary so that you can be sure that this car is for you and also to check everything in the car and make sure it is up to the proper standard. Take this time to make sure you are comfortable in this car, double and triple check that there are no engine lights or warning lights of any kind on, check the tyres to make sure they are not too worn down and still have enough air and grip in them (you might even want to get an experts opinion on this as the condition of your tyres is incredibly important for your safety), make sure to test the brakes, headlights, indicators, air con etc. aswell.
Negotiate like a pro
A bit of a tricky business, but when mastered can be an amazing tool to hold. Some sellers will immediately try to sell the car for more than it is worth so it’s important for you to know about your car and what it is truly worth. Have a decent idea of your ideal price but don’t open with this number, always start lower than you expect ad then don’t confirm until you’ve reached a price you are comfortable with. And maybe have someone there for support and to help you get the best deal.
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