5 Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying A Used Car

Just like buying a house for the first time, I look back on when I bought my very first Ford KA when I was 17 and literally had no idea what I was looking for, what was a reasonable price and whether I was having the wool pulled over my eyes.

I guess it still feels a little like that when I take my car to an MOT, but I’ve had a couple of second hand cars now and certainly wouldn’t say no to a vintage old style Fiat 500 in the future…

Not everyone is an expert when it comes to buying a secondhand car. For some it can be quite a daunting task, but armed with the right tips will give you a good idea of what to look for during the purchasing process.

Some of the top pro tips to help you buy a used car are as follows;

  1. Choosing a year old car: A brand new car falls about 27% in its price once it has 10,000 miles on it. Most cars usually travel this many miles within a span of 12 months so, picking a year old car will drastically reduce the upfront cost of the car.
  2. Manual cars are cheaper in price: Manual cars can be a hassle to drive especially when you have to switch between gears very often and automatic cars can be a much better alternative, however, they are much higher in price. Choosing a manual car will be much cheaper in comparison.
  3. Choosing a reliable dealer: When you are not a pro at buying used cars and don’t have much experience, then buying from a random person involves a lot of risks as you never know where to look for faults in a car. In such cases going to a reliable car dealer is a wise decision. KAP Motors is one of the most credible used car dealers in Brighton. They have the most amazing collection of used cars ranging from Nissan, Renault, Ford to Fiat. You can book a test-drive online as well. At KAP Motors all cars go through a rigorous pre-sales inspection so you don’t have to worry a bit about the condition of the car as only those cars that pass through their strict inspection criteria are selected for being sold to the customers.
  4. Look for scratches and dents: Most people under-value the importance of scratches and dents as they do not directly affect the efficiency of the engine. Although they do of course ruin the look of the car aesthetically. These small scratches and dents however, can be a good negotiation factor when bargaining with the seller.
  5. Go for a test-drive: It is important to test-drive the car once so that you can gauge the efficiency of the engine and little things like ignition etc. can be checked. A well maintained engine will have no noise and won’t have any trouble in starting. Also, it will have a very smooth drive. You will know one when you drive one!

Keep these tips in mind when you go for your next car purchase and we assure you that you won’t make the wrong decision.

What are your experiences at buying second hand cars?

*This post is written in collaboration with KAP Motors.