Most new drivers buy previously owned cars as they generally represent much better value for money than their brand new counterparts. However, if you decide that a used car is your best option, you need to be aware of what to look out for when inspecting older vehicles so that you do not waste your money:
- Logbook – The most important document you need to check when purchasing a secondhand car is the logbook, or vehicle registration document (V5C) as it is officially known. The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in the logbook should match the number on the vehicle itself.
- MOT & Service History – Cars with a current MOT and a full service history are generally more desirable as you know that they have been properly looked after and should be in good working order.
- Obvious Mechanical Issues – It is important to test drive any used vehicle you are thinking of buying, to make sure there are no obvious mechanical issues that might make it a bad buy. Listen to the engine, go through all the gears and pay attention to the steering when you go on a test drive.
If you do not know very much about cars, take a more knowledgeable friend with you when shopping for previously owned models.