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3 Things to Check Before Buying a Used Car

Very often, it's better to buy a used than a new car, especially if you've only just passed your test. Though it may sound obvious, the main reason is that as a new driver, you won't have to worry as much about repair costs with a second-hand motor.

Invest in a brand-new model, however, and you'll be more likely to face higher fees. In addition, new cars tend to drop in value by up to 50% over the first three years of their lifespan.

So, it typically makes sense for new drivers to buy old cars. With this in mind, let's explore the five essential things to check before making this investment.

  • 1. Manufacturer

Before you buy a used car, it's worth deciding on which manufacturer is best suited to you as a driver. That way, you'll be able to identify the average asking price for second-hand models of this make, before deciding on a dealer. If you're not sure about your ideal make, why not make a note of what you need in a car? Do you need plenty of interior space and seats, for example? Or will you be driving around urban spaces? Typically, more tightly packed than rural areas, driving around cities tends to require a compact model.

Once you've decided on the make, it's time to look for a dealer, speaking of which

  • 2. Dealership

A car is by no means a light investment, whether you're buying an old or a new model. If you're looking to buy a used car, it's particularly important to find a reliable dealer. You are, after all, opting for a second-hand model. Luckily, it's easy to secure a trustworthy retailer – a lot of the time, you simply need to check that the provider possesses the right documents. Make sure, for example, that the dealer is able to evidence all service history and MOT paperwork – and that they can verify them. Whether you're looking for a used car in NI or another country in the British Isles or the European Union.

  • 3. How it drives

When looking for a car, it can be tempting to skip the test drive part of the buying process. However, it's essential to test drive a vehicle before buying it. When test-driving your motor, remember to evaluate every aspect of the experience, from the feel of the bite to the handbrake. While testing, make sure to assess both the performance of the vehicle and how it meets your needs and preferences as a driver. In doing so, you'll be better able to buy with complete confidence.

A used car is often a wise investment to make. With these tips, you can secure the ideal second hand model for you.

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