What To Consider When Buying a Used Car

Are You Buying a Used Car But Not Sure What Checks Need To Be Made? Have A Look At What We Think Are The Most Crucial Checks That Need To Be Made When Buying A Used Car

Buying a Used Car
If your reading this then you probably understand the stress that comes with buying a new car. You might even know about the additional stress that comes with buying a used car. With all the added checks that you need to do, it can be hard to make sure that your car is properly maintained. However, once you’ve read through the list below, that task will be made much easier and you can make sure that your potential new car is of selling standards.

What Documents Do You Need To Check?

The first thing that needs to be checked when buying a used car is it’s documents. It just saves time. Imagine setting your mind on a car and then realising that it’s not registered to the seller. This could be the case if the car is written off or stolen.

The most import document that needs to be involved in your check is the V5C registration. This document will let you know if the seller is the genuine owner of the registration. If you discover that they aren’t, don’t go rushing to report them as you can just ask to speak to the actual owner of the vehicle.

Other checks include the VIN, engine number and that the colour matches the information on the V5C registration document.

Check The Locks And Windows Are Secure

Something that you consider to automatically be safe when buying a car is the locking system. However, we recommend to always check the central locking system and the remote control just to make sure they work.

Do the windows open and shut as they should? Don’t forget about the sunroof. You should also have a close look around for signs of damage or forced entry. No one wants to buy a car and then find out that they legally don’t even own it because the the person that they bought it from didn’t actually own it.

Make sure that the keys that are getting handed over are the correct ones. It’s really easy to do this by checking the user handbook. This contains all the information about the keys, including the amount of keys that came with the car originally. Every key should be accounted for before buying the used car.

Have A Test Drive

Most people will say this one is common sense but it still should be said. But, before you buy any car, you should take it for a test drive. During the test drive you should check:

  • For any unusual noises.
  • That the warning lights are working properly.
  • If the handbrake works properly.
  • That the brakes are working to their full potential.
  • To see if you can feel vibrations in the steering wheel.
  • When braking make sure that the car is not favouring one side of the road more than the other.
  • To see if the tyres are fit for the road.  This includes checking the tyre pressure, treads and general wear and tear.


Is the vehicle still under warranty? When buying a used vehicle we would recommend buying a used car warranty. This saves you a lot of money and time if you come across an unexpected repair. In the case of finding out that the used vehicle still has some years to go on it’s manufacturer’s warranty, you can decide to buy the car and then look around for a used car warranty cover that suits you at a later date.

If you are considering buying a used car, we have a great selection of cars to choose from. Or if you wish to see the cars for yourself, don’t hesitate to contact us.