Buying a new car
15 Dec 2009 at 11:35
By Crackers Patel, RAC Patrol
We all know there’s lots to think about when you’re buying a second-hand car. And sometimes, we don’t realise just how much.
I’ve often attended customers who’ve just bought a second-hand car and they’ll ask my opinion.
I’ll ask them a few questions, like: “Did you get a spare key or locking wheel key?” And then you realise that they don’t know what you’re talking about. I explain that it’s a key for removing the wheels from their car.
Often people don’t realise how much some keys cost either – and that many can only be coded by the dealer. So here are a few things you might want to think about before you buy a second-hand car.
Make sure the car has a long MOT
Look for receipts not just stamps in the service book, when checking the service history. You could even ring the garage to see if they’ve worked on the
Take someone with you who knows about cars, not a friend or neighbour who knows a little but a professional who knows a lot!
Meet the seller at their home address, not some street corner
Stick to your budget, it’s easy to get carried away
Make sure you’ve got the radio security code or know how to find it
Check that the V5 document is in the name of the person selling the car and that it has the same address
Do a car history check to see there’s no outstanding finance on the car or the car isn’t a right off.
Look to see if the car is taxed, otherwise you can’t test drive the car on the road.
Most private sellers or dealers will expect you to haggle over the price, its all part of buying a car
The professional person you take will check the car over for you so you don’t have to
Finally, make sure you take a checklist of things to ask and check.