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Buying a second-hand vehicle is a great option if you are a rookie driver and have only recently learned driving. It will help you gain the confidence required to navigate through different road conditions before you begin driving a new car. Not to mention, the used cars are much affordable to purchase. Albeit, the second-hand cars can also have a few downsides like for instance, you may need to replace the tyres, buy a new battery or replace a worn out part. To avoid getting stuck with a bad deal, here are a few important things that you need to consider before buying a second-hand car.

Have a budget in mind

Just like buying a brand new car, you would find a plethora of options for used cars. So before you go shopping, you need to have a fixed budget in mind. It will help you to avoid overspending; also remember to make allowances for several expenses like insurance and other costs.

Choose the right model

The used car market is filled with millions of cars so to avoid confusion and make your choice easy; it is best advised to have a few specific models in mind that you want to try. Do a bit of research on the internet for different models and know their specification. Prior knowledge about specs will help you choose the right model to suit your needs and budget. No matter, if you are looking to buy an SUV or a luxury car like the Mercedes Basingstoke used cars, it is best advised to look for a model that is comparatively newer.

Conduct a thorough inspection

Irrespective of whether you are buying a used car from an individual or a local car dealer, it is imperative that you carry out a thorough inspection of the vehicle. Typically the car dealers have an in-house investigation expert who may paint a rosy picture for you but don’t believe them. Instead, appoint a separate car inspector who will give you a clear and unbiased report on the condition of the vehicle. The expert examiners would exactly know the things to looks for during the inspection. Typically, the inspection includes checking the status of the engine, functioning of the brakes and suspension systems, looking for leakages, condition of the battery and other electrical components and last but not the least the state of the tyres.

Test drive

When it comes to buying a vehicle nothing can give you the best idea about the comfort and the overall feel of the vehicle like taking a test drive. Request your dealer to arrange for a test drive and while you are test driving, check out different components, see and understand their functions. Make sure that you check the important and fundamental things like brakes, clutches, speedometer, and the steering. Experts suggest that you should perform the test drive on different road conditions and for at least four to five kilometres.

Paper work

Lastly, if you are satisfied with the car after the test drive, it is time to look into the documents. Ask the seller to furbish all the relevant documents like registration certificate, taxation book, and other invoices. Once the papers are ready, cross-check their authenticity before making the final payment.


About the author: Ahmad Wali


Ahmad Wali is associated with automotive industry from past 4 years. Also the member of the Cars Edition Magazine and critique for latest car reviews. Apart from Automotive industry he is an Entrepreneur running blog network including UK eBest Cars. Say Hello on twitter


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