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Used Car Buying Tips

09 February 2024

Used Car Buying Tips

Buying a used car can be stressful, but don't worry. We've created a guide to walk you through the process of buying a used car and what to look out for.

Several key factors should be considered when purchasing a used car to ensure a smart and informed decision.

1. Budget

First and foremost, establish a budget and stick to it. Determine how much you can afford to spend, including potential maintenance costs. 

2. Research

Research the market value of the specific make and model you are interested in to avoid overpaying.

3. Inspect

Next, thoroughly inspect the car both visually and mechanically. Look for any signs of damage or rust on the exterior, and check the interior for any wear and tear.

4. Test Drive

Test drive the car to assess its performance, handling, and overall condition. Consider taking the car to your local AA Auto Centre for a pre-purchase inspection to uncover any hidden issues. 

5. Review

Reviewing the vehicle's history report using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is crucial. This report will reveal important details such as past accidents, ownership history, and maintenance records.

6. Negotiate

Negotiate the price based on your research and the car's condition. Don't hesitate to walk away if the deal doesn't meet your expectations. By following these steps, you can confidently navigate the process of buying a used car. 

Are you looking for finance? 

Put yourself in the drivers seat with pre-approval from Stadium Finance. We'll let you know exactly how much you can spend before you decide what vehicle to purchase. 

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