Things to check before you buy a car

Whenever you need to buy a car, you need to make sure that you are aware of all of the things that can affect it – whether that’s the price, the handling of the vehicle or whatever else. In fact, there are a range of checks that you should always carry out before you buy a car, so that you can be sure you are doing it right.

In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the major checks that you should never overlook, so you can avoid getting caught out in future.

Benefits and offers

There are often benefits and offers to buying a car which you might be able to make use of, and it is definitely a great idea to make sure that you are making the most of these at all times. In certain situations, you are going to be eligible for financial help with buying a specific car, which can mean that you can widen out your scope and end up with a car that is much more to your tastes – and within your budget.

For instance, there are a range of SUV Motability Offers which you can look into if you are already receiving disability living allowance or other related allowances. It’s best to check for these before laying down any money for a vehicle.

Registration documents

You should also check that the seller of the vehicle is able to show you the V5C registration document for the vehicle. This is proof of ownership, and you are going to need to fill it out and return it if you do buy the vehicle, so without it you are not going to be able to make it official.

If they do not have these documents to show you, then you should be wary of giving them any money, as it could be a scam. In any case, it won’t be an official sale by law, so you could find that it comes back to haunt you if you are not careful. Always ask to see the document, and if they can’t show it, walk away without paying them anything.

Vehicle history

Generally speaking, the more you know about the history of the vehicle, the better. Having that knowledge will mean that you are more aware of the kinds of problems it is likely to have in the future. This is obviously only relevant if you are buying second-hand, but that is what the majority of car sales fall under, so bear this in mind.

The seller should ideally be able to give you a full history of what services and repairs have taken place, as well as the MOTs. You can at least check the MOTs online these days if you need to, but in any case check all this before you pay for the vehicle.

These checks should always be at the forefront of your mind before you give anyone any money for a vehicle, so be sure to double check them all.

** This is a collaborative post

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