Although not always as highly-priced, buying used car can be as overwhelming and frustrating as buying a new car. You still have to think of the cost and form of the car, but now cope with the potential risks of a used car – is it legitimate and roadworthy?
The most important thing to remember when looking for used cars in UK England is that there are some pretty unscrupulous people out there who will happily sell a cloned, previously written off or stolen car to anyone who is willing to buy it.
And with cars, it is very difficult to ascertain a genuine history from a fairy tale made up by a dishonest vendor. This is where getting a full vehicle history check is vital in avoiding a car with an unsavory history. What you need to avoid all this in UK England is to have an HPI check before buying a second-hand car.
HPI Checks lets you find out if the 2nd hand car, van, truck or motorbike you are thinking of buying has been registered as stolen, is an insurance write off or a cloned vehicle. It can also help you to determine if the car has been clocked i.e. had the mileage turned back to make it appear in better condition and more valuable than it actually is. You can also get an HPI check done when you buy a boat or a caravan.
In this day and age, buying a used vehicle without carrying out an HPI Check is very unwise indeed. A huge number of vehicles in the UK are being stolen and given new identities. This practice is called cloning. Even a basic HPI check will pick this up and prevent you from buying a vehicle that you may have to hand back at a later date to its original owner.
There are plenty of sites offering HPI Checks; however, not all of them offer genuine checks. It is important to only buy an HPI check from a company that offers you a guarantee. That guarantee means that if at a later date, you discover that the information within the check was not accurate you can claim compensation. Check that the level of compensation that you would be entitled to covers the cost of the vehicle you are considering buying.
Other things to look out for when buying a used car
Check every one of the documents carefully – this could spare you any future migraines. Look in the log book and make certain that the name there matches that of the seller (for private deals). Check administration history and records, Mot certificate (for vehicles more than 3yrs old) and any receipts for repairs or upkeep. * Make beyond any doubt every one of the dates include/bode well.
Take a test drive for all vehicles you are interested in purchasing. This ought to be no less than 15 minutes over a scope of various road surfaces. It permits you to settle on a choice if the car is agreeable and whether it handles well. Guarantee that the car is exhausted and you are to drive it. Listen for any knocks, rattles or squeaks that could make certain of an inconvenience
Stroll around the cars and deliberately check it. Be prepared to exchange over the price, and don’t purchase unexpectedly. It is regularly worth saying that you have been looking for on the web and know about most recent prices.