Buying a used car through eCars247 is not only a money saver but a timesaver too, with us doing all the hard work and even bringing your vehicle directly to your door. As with any purchase, buying a used car can be a bit of a minefield – even if you know your motors – so make sure you consider the following before parting with your hard-earned cash.
Read our top 5 tips for buying a used car below, and be one step closer to putting the key in the ignition.
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One thing that’s often overlooked is ensuring you’ve budgeted correctly. It’s straightforward enough to work out how much you have to spend on the car itself, but bear in mind the future costs such as fuel, insurance, tax, a future MOT and any additions you want to install, such as a Sat Nav, child seat or stereo.
2) Make a checklist
It’s easy – and more than understandable – to get excited by that sexy two-seater with fold-down soft-top and shiny racing green exterior. Such a motor evokes sunny days, zipping through country lanes with your lover by your side, the bass pumping, the wind in your hair and your Ray-Bans oozing cool. But. All that’s very well, but where will the kids sit? And how’s it going to cope with all those long motorway drives in winter, when appearances go out of the window and all you’re dreaming of is warmth and reliability?
Making a checklist is a seriously good idea if you’re looking to buy a used car. For best results, make a list of the absolute essentials in a car that you simply could not live without, considering the seasons, your likely fellow travellers, the size of the boot and the terrain you’ll be doing most of your miles on. This will not only mean that you find the right car for you and your respective nearests and dearests, but you’ll be able to find the right car much faster, having a ‘shortlist’ before you’ve even begun browsing.
3) Sort your insurance
It’s easy to forget this little chestnut when you’re kicking around, waiting for your eCars247 motor to arrive. Once we’ve delivered your vehicle, you’ll have 14 days to test drive it, so don’t waste any valuable driving time on the phone or the internet, sussing out the best insurance deals, when you could be zipping around town attracting attention from all the right people.
4) Check before you drive
All of our cars at eCars247 are HPI-checked and valeted, but for peace of mind, give your motor the once-over – in daylight – before you put it through its paces. Look over the car’s exterior for any bumps and scratches, check for any leaks and try every button you can find, from the seat adjustors to the seatbelts, lights and music system. Once you’ve set off, perform an emergency stop as soon as you can to test the brakes. After that, enjoy the ride!
5) Check the service history
Every used car should have a detailed record of any servicing carried out in the past, as well as by whom. You should pay attention to any work done and ask questions if you’ve any concerns. In addition to this, check the MOT, V5C logbook and road tax status. When your car arrives, you’ll want to do the fun stuff straightaway – take it out on the road – so make sure you’ve got the dull stuff out of the way so there’s no delays before you start burning rubber.
For more information regarding the eCars247 buying process, please see our How It Works page, or find your perfect car straightaway with our handy car wizard, and browse makes, models or simply just prices.
If you’ve any questions after reading our tips for buying a used car, don’t hesitate to speak to us over the phone or through our online chat facility.