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Questions to ask when buying a used car

Car 3 min read

22 Feb 2021

 4WheelGuideYour roadmap to buying a new or used car 

One of the most crucial tips when buying a used car is to know what to ask and what to look for as this is the first step towards investing in the right car for you. 

Asking the right questions is vital when you’re buying a used car. When you do your research and ask the right questions, you’re much less likely to run into any nasty surprises and you can ensure that your used car doesn’t become an expensive nightmare down the road. We’ve put together a handy list of questions you should ask when buying a used car. 

As well as asking questions, inspecting a used car with your own eyes would be highly recommended, or having an inspection carried out by a professional. Private sellers may not know all the answers so getting a mechanic or someone who is experienced with cars to look at the car if you are serious about buying it is a good idea.  

There is scope to haggle or trying to negotiate when buying a used car. Shop around before you buy, check car buyers’ websites and magazines so you know the average price for the type of car you want, based on the specification, mileage etc.  Don’t make a rushed decision, there are plenty of used cars available, so you have lots of options.

And finally, if you are buying a car privately, you should be very careful about how you pay.  Always try to pay by a traceable method, such as by card or bank transfer. Paying cash is risky as you will have no record or trace of your money if something goes wrong. 

Questions to ask  

  • Has the car ever been involved in a crash/accident? 

  • Has there been any additional or reparative bodywork been done to the vehicle? 

  • How many previous owners has the car had? 

  • Is there any outstanding finance on the car? 

  • When was the last service carried out on the car? Can I view the service history? 

  • Does the car come with a valid NCT and for how long? 

  • Is the vehicle registration certificate (VRC) available? 

  • Why is the vehicle being sold? 

  • Are there two sets of keys available for the car? 

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