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We all need a reliable automobile to ensure we can work, and get the kids to school on time. However, most people simply don’t have enough savings in the bank to pay for a new model. That is why almost 70% of motorists will look towards the second-hand market. There are lots of pros and cons to taking that approach. Firstly, you could get the perfect model without breaking the bank. There are some fantastic deals on the used market from time to time. All you have to do is locate them. Even so, it is possible that you might get ripped off. Some sellers are less than honest, and they don’t have your best interests at heart. For that reason, you need to keep your wits about you. The advice on this page should help to limit the chances of you getting a bad deal. With that in mind, you need to pay attention to all the information below.

When all’s said and done, the price you pay for a second-hand vehicle will depend on a number of different factors. Age, engine quality and mileage are some of the elements most frequently used to determine value. The basic rule of thumb is that you don’t want to purchase anything more than eight years old. After that amount of time, the automobile will almost certainly have seen better days. The last thing you want is to spend thousands on repairs after making your purchase.

Lies from sellers

While reputable sellers like GK Group offer a friendly and upfront approach, the same cannot be said for everyone involved in the used market. Some salesmen have no morals, and they’ll tell you anything to get you to part with your hard earned cash. Always ask to see the paperwork to back up any claim they might make about the car. You might also want to educate yourself on how to spot a liar. Luckily, you should get a short warranty with any established second-hand dealership, and so you can always take the car back if you change your mind. If the salesman says that is not an option when purchasing from their company, you should walk away and find someone else. Don’t be afraid to say no to dealers. There are plenty more fish in the sea.

Strange noises coming from the engine

We always advise that anyone going to view a used car should take a trained mechanic along with them. That is because people who understand engines are much better at spotting potential issues. While you might have to pay for their time, doing so could mean you save thousands on a bad deal. There are a million and one reasons you might hear strange noises coming from the engine of any vehicle. However, it is a good indication that all is not well. That is especially the case if the salesman stood in front of you is completely informing the sound. As we said, some dealers will do their best to pull the wool over your eyes. Don’t let them do it!

Engine size

The size of engine in any models you might consider can be important. In this day in age, the last thing you want is a huge petrol guzzler that is going to attract high road tax and insurance costs. Don’t worry too much though as there are lots of good articles online that offer tips on how to reduce your premium. Ideally, you want something with a mid-range engine. Anything from 1.0 litre to 1.8 litre should suffice. Engines of that size are perfect for short distance commuting, but they still hold their own on long distance motorway journeys. There are also lots of websites that allow you to calculate insurance costs. All you need is the car’s registration number, and you can perform some price comparisons before leaving home for the viewing.

Lack of paperwork

Presuming the car you’re looking at was produced around five years ago, it should come with lots of paperwork. There should be certificates for any work carried out and a full service history. If the dealer doesn’t have that information for you, it could mean they are trying to hide something. While some people do lose these documents, you only want to buy models that comes with all standard paperwork. Failing to do that could bite you on the backside. You see; if the car has been stolen or still has HPI, you could lose all of your money. For that reason, you should ask to see all paperwork before agreeing to the sale.

Odd colouring on the panels

If you notice the car you’re looking at looks less than perfect on the outside, it might be worth engaging in a little more investigation. When the colours of panels don’t match up perfectly, that usually means one or more of them have been replaced. The last thing you want is to purchase a vehicle that has been involved in a major accident. You also don’t want to buy something that has been made by welding two different cars together. While odd colouring doesn’t automatically mean that has happened, you’ll want to ask lots of questions to make sure you’re getting the truth from the seller. Cut and shut cars can be exceptionally dangerous for both yourself, and other road users.

You should now have a much better idea about some of the key things you might like to look out for when buying from the private market. No matter how confident you are with automobiles, it’s still possible that you could get a bad deal if you don’t keep your eyes and ears open. At the end of the day, you just want something that performs well and doesn’t have a dodgy history. For that reason, you should stay away from the private used market and always purchase from dealers. While you might have to pay a little more and forfeit the best prices, at least you’ll have peace of mind.

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