Ten Step Buying Guide

By: Mr b

Step One
Sort out your finances in other words how much can i afford to pay for a vehicle
and making sure I can run and insure it find a quick insurance guide here
Step Two
Find as much information as possible about the type of vehicle you are thinking of buying.Check forums and websites magazines etc for other peoples experiences of these vehicles problems etc ask questions.Now choose the most likely vehicle for you. You can ask a question here


Step Three
Find the vehicle.Now several ways to go about this local papers magazines(auto trader)auctions E-bay etc.Make a list of the vehicles you are interested in with phone numbers and circle your ads.Now get on the phone or start emailing.You should never buy a vehicle without going to view it so start with those ads that are closest to your own address.Do not be afraid to ask questions about the vehicle such as service history bodywork condition interior condition how many owners etc.

Step four
You have asked your questions using your knowledge gained from the forums and doing your homework if the owner seems a bit sketchy or fails to answer your questions in a satisfactory manor then cross these of your list.I have found in 8/10 cases this means there is something they are hiding from you about this vehicle.

Step five
You should now have a smaller list of vehicles that are worth going to view.You now need to arrange for a viewing and a test drive with the owners

Step six
Before we set off to view make sure if your going to barter to take cash with you.At least a good deposit of a ?100.00 or more and if you know nothing about vehicles take somebody with you who does.This can be a friend or anybody who is of an unbiased opinion.In other words somebody with some knowledge and who doesnt benefit if you buy or do not buy this vehicle.Ask the vendor not to start the car.

Step seven
You have now arrived at your proposed purchase vehicle take a good look around this vehicle checking door gaps interior and generally looking for signs of poor paintwork etc.take a quick look to see if its leaving oil leaks on the floor.Feel the bonnet to see if the vehicle is warm as you want to hear the vehicle start from cold.If the vendor has not arrived at this point knock the door.Again never be afraid to ask any question you may feel is relevent.Get them to tell you what they have had done to the vehicle over the time they have owned it.Ask to see any history such as bills log book etc.Check the log book to see if the owners are correct and the car details match.look through any service history to check when cambelts have been done and or are they due to be done this can be quite expensive so always a good bargaining point.Just an added point here if for any reason you feel something isnot right never be afraid to walk away.Gut instinct plays a huge part when buying a vehicle.

Step eight
We have now arrived at the right vehicle for ourselves.please note this could be after viewing very many or just one.We need to make an offer if you have done your homework you should know what you are willing to pay for this vehicle.Very rare its the asking price so we need to barter to our next step.If you have listened to what the vendor has told you there should be some leeway on the price.

Step nine
We now have to pay for our vehicle before we can do this we need to know this car does not have a hidden history such as stolen recovered been written off and repaired or stolen etc i have added a link to do this.
Click Here

Step ten
We should of now purchased our car and dont forget if you have bought from a dealer you should have some sort of written warranty.If its a private sale its as a rule what you see is what you get.so in other words no complaints once the deal is sealed.I have tried to make these steps as easy as possible and i hope they bring about a successful purchase.

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Disclaimer these are only my own opinions which have stood me in good stead over the years and are only guidlines this does not guarantee you will buy the perfect car

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