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Buying a Second-Hand Used Car? Look Out For These Things

October 21, 2020

Buying a new car, whether used or completely brand new, is exciting. The major plus of buying a used car being that it saves you money, and there are some great deals to be found. Sometimes you can even find a good, reasonable deal on your dream car. The price may be right, but there are still risks involved when buying a used car if you don’t know what to look for.

Here’s what you should look for when buying a used car.


4 things to look out for when buying a used car



  • 1. Mileage

Arguably, mileage is one of the most important things to check when buying a used car. It is advisable to check whether the car’s mileage has been clocked; this is where the clock is wound back illegally to make it look like the car has done fewer miles than it actually has.

To check this, you should ask to see the vehicle documents as this can help ascertain whether the mileage is correct when comparing the MOT and service history notes.

Tip: If unsure, most cars travel an average of around 10,000 miles per year.



  • 2. MOT and service history

Before purchasing a used car, you must always ask to see the vehicle’s MOT and service history records. Along with this, you can also check the gov.uk certificate checker, if you’re unsure about whether the vehicle’s MOT is legit.



  • 3. View the car more than once


Often when you visit a car for the first time, you won’t notice everything about it and may subconsciously overlook its faults. By viewing a vehicle more than once, it allows you to be more fully aware of the car and see any hidden faults and scratches.



  • 4. Take the car for a test drive

Whenever you’re purchasing a used car, be sure to give it a test drive before putting down any payments. And always make you buy a used car from a reputable dealer or seller, this will further give you confidence that your new used car will not let you down.


Contact F&G Car Services

If you’re looking for a well-established, family-run car service, car body repairs and MOT centre, then look no further than F&G Car Services Ltd. We specialise in providing the key services every motorist needs to keep their vehicle running smoothly all year round. You can give us a call today on 0207 609 1502, alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form, and we’ll be in touch.