by on July 31, 2021
It's very easy to find a decent number of used cars advertised for sale nowadays by checking online car listing websites such as Exchange and Mart or one of the countless independent car dealer websites such as Inglebys Classic Cars in Harrow, but, whether you’re looking at classic used cars for sale or want to buy your first runabout, there are a number of steps you should take to try to minimise any risk. Firstly, make sure that you give the car a good test drive and that you are happy with both the way that it performs and that you feel comfortable when behind the wheel. Ensure that when adjusted for you, the driving position gives you a good clear view of everything around you and that you are happy and confident driving the car. After all, you don't want to end up with a car that you don't enjoy driving or struggle to control. You'd be amazed at how many people have regretted buying a car later because they didn't spend long enough in the initial stages checking that they were happy driving it and that it suited their needs. When test driving the vehicle also take the opportunity to check out all of the electrical systems - sunroof and so on. Of course, you need to not only make sure that you are happy with the way that the car drives, but that it is actually suitable for any particular needs that you have too. For example, if you have young children, will a pushchair fit in the boot and does the child's car seat fit properly? If you need a car with a good deal of storage space, does it offer this? Will the rear seats fold flat to allow you to carry larger loads, for example? Secondly, check all of the paperwork carefully. Just because you may have seen the car advertised on a reputable website like or doesn't mean that you should take anything for granted. The paperwork you should ask to see includes the V5C registration document which should show that the person selling the car is the named legal owner. You should also ask to see the service history as this will show how regularly the car has been maintained and whether major services have been carried out which might include changing things like the cam belt/timing belt. Also, if the car is old enough to require one, see if previous MOTs are present. A very useful tip here is that as long as you have the vehicle's registration number and the document reference from the V5C document as well you can check the MOT history going back to 2005 online by clicking on this website. If you follow some common sense rules then buying a second hand car should not present too many real pitfalls for you. Just remember to have your wits about you and not be talked into anything at all.
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