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    Buying a used car from a car sales garage tomorrow.

    It'll be my first time buying a car, what do i need to look for when buying a used car what should I check?

    And please none of the "Check it has four wheels" or "check it has an engine"

    Thanks (:

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    all the dash lights come on and go off as they should, and guages work properly

    all the funny switches around the column work, and the engine has no leaks at all

    any more detailed than that and you should pay for an aa survey for it

    try and take a mate with you who knows a bit about cars so he can give it a once over..also dont be afraid to ask the sales person to leave you alone while you examine it ....dont rush into anything or be pressured to buy

    ask to look at log book,service history and MOT certs as well

    definatly leaks under the car ask if you can take it to another garage for a check if the cars fine they will have no probs with that

    Look for Japanese car for the first car, as they are often more reliable

    Make sure the car isn't moved before you see it. This is a classic trick to hide any leaks. Get the AA to check it (if they still do that!). But as already mentioned, remember it's your money, and don't be pressurised. Good luck :thumbsup:

    Whatever the model is, have a look on ]Whatcar.com for common faults with that model, and things you should look for before you buy.

    diabeticguy;8878997

    If the price is over £100 try and put some of the cost on to a credit … If the price is over £100 try and put some of the cost on to a credit card.http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/before_you_buy/thinking_about/cars/2ndhandcarhttp://www.oft.gov.uk/OFTwork/markets-work/completed/carshttp://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_world/consumer_affairs/buying_second_hand_vehicles.htmhttp://www.moneywise.co.uk/spending/scam-busting/article/2009/01/23/dont-get-stung-buying-used-car



    Best advice here:thumbsup: Put at least £100 of it on credit card (or Visa debit card) will offer you back up protection.

    Original Poster

    Cheers for all your help guys.

    How much is it to get the AA to check it over btw?

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    I always insist on a new MOT, forget about how much is left, a new mot gives it acheck over, and get them to pay for it as part of the deal

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    jubbyme;8879043

    I always insist on a new MOT, forget about how much is left, a new mot … I always insist on a new MOT, forget about how much is left, a new mot gives it acheck over, and get them to pay for it as part of the deal



    He said it's just had an MOT and has nearly 12 months left

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    dont forget the radio code, check its in the handbook, or one day flat battery will cause you expensive issues

    Also, make sure it comes with a locking wheel nut piece. I had a flat tyre when i was out and couldnt change it cos i couldn't get the locking wheel nut off so had to pay someone to come out and drill it out. Ended up costing quite abit.

    Original Poster

    This is stressing me out!

    There's so much to ask and check, I have no one who's a mechanic to come and take a look for me, just had a quote of an AA inspection and they want £136 for the standard check...I mean £136 are you kidding me?

    what car is it, age mileage etc ? if one is fitted is it due a timing belt, check the tyres, tread depth & check they are all the same size including the spare ( might have a space saver though) also if the wheels have locking wheel nuts is they key with the car, check the mot certificate does it say advisories were issued, if so what were they. Check the dash for any screw holes, may have been a taxi at some point, try the windows, lights etc, the list is quite endless of what you need to check, but if you have a friendly garage pop it round to them whilst you are on a test drive, we do this for our customers & it saves a lot of hassle & heartache in the long run.

    ScRiVs;8879108

    This is stressing me out!There's so much to ask and check, I have no one … This is stressing me out!There's so much to ask and check, I have no one who's a mechanic to come and take a look for me, just had a quote of an AA inspection and they want £136 for the standard check...I mean £136 are you kidding me?



    if your spending £1000's, £136 is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

    Are you getting it from a chain place or just an independent seller?

    I remember when I went with my girlfriend to get a used car, the place looked strange and he kept trying to flog her an old Suzuki Swift.

    Ended up with a saxo and it lasted a year for £750.

    Let me know and I'll try help.

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    richp;8879112

    what car is it, age mileage etc ? if one is fitted is it due a timing … what car is it, age mileage etc ? if one is fitted is it due a timing belt, check the tyres, tread depth & check they are all the same size including the spare ( might have a space saver though) also if the wheels have locking wheel nuts is they key with the car, check the mot certificate does it say advisories were issued, if so what were they. Check the dash for any screw holes, may have been a taxi at some point, try the windows, lights etc, the list is quite endless of what you need to check, but if you have a friendly garage pop it round to them whilst you are on a test drive, we do this for our customers & it saves a lot of hassle & heartache in the long run.



    It's a Vauxhall Corsa SXI 1.2 02 Plate

    75K miles

    Sooo wish i had someone to check it over for a few quid lol!

    I'm having second thoughts now :x

    richp;8879122

    if your spending £1000's, £136 is a small price to pay for peace of mind.



    Car is £2100 and £136 is quite alot when you're a student on £60 a fortnight mate

    firth_face;8879127

    Are you getting it from a chain place or just an independent seller?I … Are you getting it from a chain place or just an independent seller?I remember when I went with my girlfriend to get a used car, the place looked strange and he kept trying to flog her an old Suzuki Swift. Ended up with a saxo and it lasted a year for £750.Let me know and I'll try help.



    What's a chain place mate?

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    to say the car has done 75thousand miles and it's an 02 plate and only a 1.2.

    It seems overpriced to be fair.

    A chain place, I meant like Evans Halshaw or the car people etc.

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    firth_face;8879251

    to say the car has done 75thousand miles and it's an 02 plate and only a … to say the car has done 75thousand miles and it's an 02 plate and only a 1.2.It seems overpriced to be fair.A chain place, I meant like Evans Halshaw or the car people etc.



    Nearly everywhere i've checked tbh that's the going price for them.

    It's just like a little car dealership really local!

    I've been hunting for a car for about 6-8 weeks now and it's starting to p**s me off now lol!

    Don't wanna jump the gun tho, wanna get one that's tip top.

    ScRiVs;8879108

    This is stressing me out!



    yeah? wait until you buy it!

    I'd check the oil cap too for "cream" after you drive it, a good sign the cars fe***ed or going to be fe***ed soon!

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    splatsplatsplat;8879320

    yeah? wait until you buy it!I'd check the oil cap too for "cream" after … yeah? wait until you buy it!I'd check the oil cap too for "cream" after you drive it, a good sign the cars fe***ed or going to be fe***ed soon!



    What does that mean though?

    Guess i'll have to google this rascal now!

    Hmm it means that the head gasket is gone or going! Cheers for the tip

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    ScRiVs;8879407

    What does that mean though?Guess i'll have to google this rascal now!



    take off the oil filler cap on the top of the engine

    if you see anything that looks like a bit of mayonaisse, then it means leaky head gasket, a huge expense, which means avoid the car

    what you will see is bit of black, and a little of black carbon like an old frying pan, but not excessive

    try Evans halshaw. My girlfriend got her newest from there. A 55plate 1.2 micra. Less than 30thousand miles. Just under 4thousand.
    She has it on a finance plan though for like 80quid a month. I'd try somewhere like that.

    Try the guide below, pretty comprehensive.

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    Some good advice i only buy new cars so never have a lot of hassle.

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    firth_face;8879447

    try Evans halshaw. My girlfriend got her newest from there. A 55plate 1.2 … try Evans halshaw. My girlfriend got her newest from there. A 55plate 1.2 micra. Less than 30thousand miles. Just under 4thousand. She has it on a finance plan though for like 80quid a month. I'd try somewhere like that.



    abacus;8879521

    Some good advice i only buy new cars so never have a lot of hassle.



    Alright for people who can afford them :thumbsup:

    I've opted not go for it now.

    My grandad has a mate who is a mechanic and also buys and sells cars, it's where my grandad has always got his cars.

    I can't justify all these things to check, i'd feel safer buying from him anyway!

    Thanks alot for all your tips, will rep you all now! (Take me about 5 mins lol)

    I know 4grand may have been out of your price range, but they have cheaper ones.

    Have a look on the site and sort them by price order.

    Easy peasy.

    Good luck!!
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