November 10, 2015 at 1:19 PM

Choosing a new car is great fun, isn't it? Deciding on a make and model, taking it for a test drive and being handed your new set of keys.

However, there are many things to consider when it comes to buying a car, whether it's brand new or used, purchased through a garage or dealt with privately - you should always ensure you follow the appropriate procedures in order to get the best deal possible. 

The article will tell you why it's important to take the correct precautions and provide you with guidance on the steps you should undertake before purchasing a pre-loved vehicle.

Set a budget

Now you've made the decision to buy a second-hand car, the next step is to set a budget as this will help you narrow down what you are and are not willing to spend. It's equally as important to find out the cost of insurance of a vehicle, as in many cases, the price of insurance and maintenance fees can surpass the costs of the actual car itself, which can be a problem for individuals who opted for pre-loved car to save on costs in the first place.

Do your homework

It's especially important to do your research when it comes to purchasing a used car, as it's up to you to decide whether or not it's adequate and reliable enough for you to drive. All cars require maintenance over the years as its condition deteriorates over time and is in need of sufficient TLC. 

Finding out the history of a car is essential in helping you determine its condition and levels of safety, this includes information such as: the number of miles vehicle has travelled, copies of previous MOT certificates and records of regular servicing from its previous owner/s. 

Try before you buy

You should always view a vehicle in person before making a purchase as a photo will never be as authentic as the real thing. It's also recommended that you view the vehicle in natural daylight, as poor lighting or weather conditions can help to conceal any flaws of cosmetic damages which may have occurred. 

Test driving a car is crucial as it's the only opportunity you get to inspect the vehicle's general mechanical condition and determine whether or not it meets all your needs. Test driving the car will allow you to find out whether or not it's comfortable to drive and easy to operate, and allows you to decide whether or not this is the car for you. 

Don't be afraid to say no

Let's say you have now viewed a vehicle and taken it for a test drive and decided it's not the one for you - what do you do now? It's time to walk away, you should never feel pressured into making a purchase, so if something doesn't feel right then don't be afraid to say no.


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