If you aren’t able to afford the cost of buying a new car, investing in a used car could be a good option. That being said, when it comes to buying a used car, you need to be incredibly careful about what you go for.

Unlike when you invest in a new vehicle and know that there is nothing wrong with it. When you buy second-hand, you need to ensure that the car is in good condition. You also need to work out whether you will need to pay out for any repairs in the near future, and if the vehicle is worth the amount that it’s advertised for.

To help you ensure that a used car is worth the money, here are a few things you must do:

Choose a reputable seller

Don’t make the mistake of buying your second-hand car from a private seller, always opt to buy from a company. This may mean paying a slightly higher price, but it also means that you are protected from being ripped off.

It’s unlikely that a car company would try to rip you off, as they will have a reputation to uphold. Whereas, a private seller doesn’t have to worry about this. That’s why, it’s always best to opt to buy through a reputable company.

Whether you want to browse used Jeeps or smaller vehicles, it’s always best to go through a corporation. To find your nearest used car business, have a look online.

Always go for a test drive

If you like the look of a vehicle, and everything seems to be in order, don’t make the mistake of agreeing to buy it, without test driving it. Ideally, you should aim to drive it for between three to five miles, to make sure that it drives well.

If you aren’t very good with cars, it’s probably a good idea to take a friend or relative who knows about cars, with you. That way, if there are any issues with the vehicle, they will be able to spot them for you.

Check the mileage

When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle, one of the most important things that you must do is check the mileage. As a general rule, the less mileage the car has done, the better.

Ask the seller how old the vehicle is and divide the mileage by them – this should result in around 12,000 miles per year or less. Any more than that and this is a sign that the car has been driven more than normal.

Get a mechanic to check the vehicle over

To ensure that the car is worth the money, it’s a good idea to get a mechanic to check it over before you agree to buy. If you have breakdown cover, you may be able to get a mechanic from your cover company to come and check it for you, for free. Otherwise, you will need to pay a mechanic to give the vehicle a check over.

If you want to make sure that a used car is worth the cost and is in good condition, follow the tips above.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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