We’ve teamed up with motoring journalist Quentin Willson to share his seven top tips for when you’re buying a used car.
If you don’t like the seller – private or dealer – walk away.
Look for cars with fully stamped service histories and previous MoT certificates.
If it’s ever failed; what repairs were needed and make sure the mileage goes up – not down!
Having two sets of eyes is better than one.
Based on the car having a fresh MoT with an independent inspector.
Cars with under 50,000 miles will be easier to sell later.
So you can see if it’s been written off, stolen, clocked or has a questionable past.
A record number of second-hand cars were sold in the UK last year1 – more than three times as many as brand new ones2. Superminis proved the most popular, as demonstrated by sales (33.8%) between July and September 20163.
When you’re looking to upgrade or downsize your current car, or even at a sportier model, it can be an exciting time. But there can be challenges too. So, with your hard-earned money at stake, what factors need to be considered before you can sign on the dotted line?
Cars over 3 years old have an 84% chance of mechanical or electrical breakdown in the subsequent three-year period4.
8.4% of problems reported to a leading warranty provider were gearbox repairs. Electrical was 8.2%, clutch 7.8%, turbo 4.7% and brakes 4.7%4.
The average mileage for cars developing a fault was 70,000 miles.
Over £363m was spent by drivers over a 12-month period to fix faults5.
Of the 2,519 complaints to Citizens Advice about a bought used car in a two-week period, 80% needed urgent repairs, 53% developed faults within a month of purchase, 6% of vehicles ended up being scrapped5.