Tips For Car Shopping

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Going car shopping, particularly for first time buyers, there is a list of things to consider. You want to get the best value for money, but without being a training mechanic, how do you know that that’s what you’re getting? Sure you can take it to a garage before buying, and if you’re buying from a site like ebay or gumtree, you probably should anyway. But it’s time-consuming and a complete waste if the car turns out to be a dud.

Price

You should be thinking about money in two ways – the first is whether you have enough of it. Cars aren’t cheap, and if your credit isn’t up to scratch, you might have to look into a bad credit car loan to make your purchase. The second thing is whether the price of the vehicle matches what you’re being sold. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Research the make and model and see what the average price for that car is. If you’re being charged way over, then walk away and find a better deal elsewhere. If they are asking for much less, then there’s something wrong with the car.

Condition

Always check on the condition of the car, don’t just take it at face value. Bring along a mechanic to see the car, or take it to a garage to be looked at before you buy it. If it just looks like it’s got a dent or scrape here and there – don’t count that out as cosmetic. There could easily be underlying damage to the vehicle and might call for body work to be replaced rather than buffed out. The older the car, the more issues it could have, so balance the cost against the quality.

History

Only buy a car if you have its full service history. That way you know exactly what has been done to the car, what’s new and what is more likely to go sooner. You’ll also have the details from its last MOT, so you’ll be able to see what advisory fixes have yet to be done on the car. It’s nice to know whether the past owners were racing teenagers or a diddy old lady. You can tell the difference in how the car would have been treated through knowing a bit about the previous owners.

Reputation

When buying online, always look into the reputation of the seller. If its a garage or car dealership you should easily be able to find reviews on Google about their services. If you’re buying from a site like eBay or gumtree, like we mentioned before, you have to trust the reviews on that site. Usually, ecommerce shops like these are quick to dock points from bad sellers, but there are always first time sellers who don’t have any ratings yet, that you will have to decide to trust based on your communication with them.

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