Whilst some people are looking to buy a car from new, arguably the most popular way to purchase a car is to buy second hand. Whether you’re just looking for a little run around that will get you from A to B, or something a bit more special with few miles on the clock, we take look at top tips you should never go car hunting without.

Research

Conducting a bit of research is often a great place to start with anything, but when you’re looking to invest in a new car, doing your research is crucial. There are many websites online that will give you full specifications for cars, and you’ll be able to find out ballpark figures for the type of car you are looking for.

Before going to a dealership, you should have a firm idea of a few basics you are looking for in your new car, including:

Age
Size
Engine size
Fuel type
Number of doors and seats
Miles on the clock

Knowing these basics will give you a firm foundation to work on and instantly narrow down your search.

Used Cars

When buying a used car, you need to ensure that you carry out checks on the vehicle, before taking it home. Always test drive the car and if possible, have a trusted mechanic check the car.

Other checks to include are the MOT. Looking over the MOT history will give you a gauge of what work has been carried out on the car and when. By looking at this history, you may also be able to spot reoccurring issues, which should flag as a warning sign. You’ll also want to take a look at the service book to ensure the car has received a regular service – a car with all its service stamps shows a well-maintained vehicle that has been looked after by its owners.

Navigating Finance

When taking out finance for a car, many people think it’s easier to sort this through the dealership. However, in order to get the best deal possible, it pays to look round first, and in some cases, source finance from a separate company.

If you obtain a quote from another company, lower than what the dealership will charge you, you can use this as leverage for an even better rate.

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