Are you planning to buy a used car? What are the things you should look at before buying a used car?
We will discuss today how to spot damages on used cars showing if the car is stolen, or they have altered the mileage. It is preferable to buy used cars from dealers as they bring with them a trust factor, which is not the case when buying privately.
If you are buying a used car, be it from a car dealer or privately, asking the right question and a thorough check-up may reveal a lot about the car’s history. If by any chance you are not confident about doing this, you can hire a car checking service to do it for you.
You need to check if the car owner has the following documents and if those documents are in order or not.
V5C Registration Document
V5C registration should in the name of the person selling the car.
Registration document should have a watermark
Check for spelling mistakes on the document
The V5C should have VIN, engine number and colour which matches the car on sale
Number Plate should match the V5C
Check if the VIN number has been tampered with
The VIN number on the glass or lights should match the VIN plate and V5C
Signs of scratches on the glass to remove the VIN
Check if the fuel filler has been forced or replaced
The car should have a current MOT
Check the following this to determine the correct mileage of the car
Mileage should match the appearance and age of the car
Check if the instruments have been tampered with
Check the mileage recorded on different documents like MOT certificate
Do the documents give out a consistent mileage increase?
You can check the MOT status and the history online
Look for the following to make out if the car has gone through an accident :
Inconsistent gaps and mismatched colours
Paint finish should be even across the car
Paint spray on handles, window seals or plastic mouldings
Check the hidden areas to check if they have changed the colour of the car
Check for these safety features
Tyres should be in good condition with all their kits in serviceable condition
All the tools are present
Operational and not damaged seatbelt
Airbags are fitted
Check if all safety features are present and are operational
Test drive the car and check if everything operates normally
The past MOT certificate gives a detailed description of the engine quality. Anyway, test drive the car to check for any abnormality.
Locks, windows and general controls
Check every minute detail of the car and every component before going ahead with your buy.