Pitfalls when buying a used car

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Used Car LotWhen it comes to being on the road, most of us will need to buy a pre-owned car. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact, it can be the perfect way to get a vehicle that matches our budget. However, if you’re buying second-hand then you need to make sure that know what you’re getting into.

There are several problems that can occur with pre-owned vehicles. Although these are rare it is worth knowing what you should be looking out for.

Clocking – Where the mileage on a car is wound back to increase the value. The odometer should be an average mileage and if it’s very low then you should be wary of this.

Cut and Shut – This is where two or more cars have been involved in a car crash and severely damaged. These two (or more) vehicles are then welded together to create one vehicle.

Cloned Cars – Sometimes cars are sold illegally under the identity of another car.
These are quite serious and can cause your car to be un-roadworthy. It is worth reading up on these before you buy a car so that you know what you are looking for. Also make sure that you buy from someone that is reputable, especially if you are buying from a car dealer. So whether you’re buying used Audis, Skoda’s or another type of car take responsibility and make sure you know what you are looking out for.

Advice For Buying A Used Car

Used car lot pictureMake sure you get an idea of what a vehicle is worth before you buy it. Although the value of a car does vary depending on condition and mileage, it does give you a rough idea of what you should be paying.

Before you look for a pre-owned car you should have a think about how much you would like to spend and what your budget is. That way you can immediately disregard any cars that cost more than this, which makes your shopping experience much quicker.

If you do have your eye on a car then it can be an idea to get tax and insurance quotes before you buy it. This means that you will know the running costs for a car. The last thing you want to do is buy a car that you really love and then realise that it is going to cost too much per month to actually keep on the road.

Thankfully there are many different ways for you to get help and advice out there. There are even websites you can look up common car faults and more. This gives you an idea of what you should be looking for when it comes to specific car models

When you are buying you should also make sure that you ask questions. You want to know about the service history and how the car runs. It is also a good idea to take the car out for a test drive if this is at all possible.

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