Whether or not you are buying your first car or replacing an existing one, the procurement of a car requires a massive financial investment. So you’ve got to make certain that your hard-earned cash is not just being spent on a vehicle with specifications that will serve your requirements for so long as you intend but that it’s also mechanically sound so as to ensure your safety and that of other drivers while driving. Take into consideration the following before rushing into buying the first car you see!
New or Second Hand?
A new automobile bought from a major dealer will most likely afford you many extras like interest free credit, the maker’s warranty which will meet the expense of many repairs in the first three years after purchase and if you're not in a rush then you'll be able to order your automobile to your exact specifications. However; be aware that once the deal is signed and you have driven your purchase off the forecourt, the first twelve months of possession will see the greatest depreciation in its value. You might be able to find what you desire in the used automobile markets for a lot less money.
If you have gone down the route of purchasing a new auto then you should be expecting all of the documentation from the dealership to be in order but; if you’ve chosen a used auto then making certain the documentation is correct is a necessity. Check that the information on the V5C registration document matches that on the car. If the car is old enough to require an MOT confirm the expiry date to guarantee it’s possible to get insurance. In respect of the service history, look for whether or not the crucial services have been done.
Inspection of Vehicle
If your financial position allow for it, then it would be sensible to use a professional to inspect any vehicle you've an interest in purchasing. If the seller has nothing to hide , this should not worry them. If however you need to trust in yourself then scrutinize and test the following:-
– Tyre treads and wheel alignment.
– The steering wheel should turn easily from lock to lock lacking in any curious noise or juddering.The gears should slot in without difficulty.The engine should idle easily. Confirm the oil dipstick doesn’t show brown sludge. If it does the engine is damaged.Check the exhaust for production of blue smoke when you rev the engine. Blue smoke is an indication of extensive engine wear.Check all areas of body work for rust.Check the mileage against the condition of the interior. Low mileage but worn upholstery could mean a vehicle has been clocked.
– Ensure all items work correctly including electric parts like the radio, windows etc….
Once pleased with your decision your last thought must be to make sure you receive an invoice of sale and that you are in possession of each set of keys and paperwork. Then you can enjoy the freedom through passing your practical test!
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