Whether you’re looking to buy a used classic Jaguar or a second hand Mini, there are a few things that you really need to do in order to make sure that the car you buy is the right one for you.
Firstly, and this may seem very obvious, make sure that you give the car a really good test drive and that you are completely happy with both the way that it performs and that you feel comfortable when behind the wheel. Ensure that when adjusted for you, the driving position gives you a good clear view of everything around you and that you are happy and confident driving the car. Although this does sound blindingly obvious it is one of the most important things. After all, you don’t want to end up with a car that you don’t enjoy driving or struggle to control. You’d be amazed at how many people have regretted buying a car because they didn’t spend long enough in the initial stages checking that they were happy driving it and that it suited their needs.
When test driving the vehicle also take the opportunity to check out all of the electrical systems – sunroof and so on.
Of course, you need to not only make sure that you are happy with the way that the car drives, but that it is actually suitable for any particular needs that you have too. If you need a car with a good deal of flexibility of storage space, does it offer this? Will the rear seats fold down to allow you to carry larger loads?
Secondly, take the time to check all of the paperwork thoroughly. Just because you may have seen the car advertised on a reputable website like Inglebys doesn’t mean that you should take anything for granted.
This paperwork includes the V5C registration document which should show that the person selling the car is the named legal owner. You should also ask to view the service history that should show how regularly the car has been maintained and whether major services have been carried out which might include changing things like the cam belt/timing belt. The service history should also give you a general indication about how well maintained the car has been.
If you follow some common sense rules like these then buying a second hand car shouldn’t present too many real dangers for you. The main thing is to remember to have your wits about you and not allow yourself to be talked into anything at all. As the vehicle buyer, you should always be in control of the process, and if you feel that you’re not, then walk away.