Buying a second hand car comes with many things. There are so many ways in which a person can be taken that it is sometimes unbelievable to say the least. Just like in any business there are places that will seek to sell a person a car that is nothing more than junk and needs to be sent to the scrap yard. Of course one should be on the look out for such problems. There are ways in which a person can protect themselves, but they will need to follow some important steps to get there. The first thing for the UK residents is the MOT history of a second hand car. The ministry of transport requires that a car over three years of age must be inspected on an annual basis for smog and other systems. You can view this history on any car that you are looking to purchase. This will give you a good idea as too what systems the car has had trouble with over the years and whether or not the systems were fixed. There are certain things that the government requires be fixed before it can be legally plated. So this will give you a good first impression of the car and the areas where it has had problems.
Checking Services History
The next thing you should check is the service records. A good used car will have records of the times when the oil was changed and the when the major systems were over hauled if at all. There is nothing that should not be in the service records. This includes the brakes, the tires and any other repairs that have been made to the car. Most people who are looking to sell a car will have this all in order because it will give the buyer a piece of mind. There will be no reason why you should not have access to these records and they are highly important when you are making the decision as to whether or not you will purchase a car.
Take it for a Drive
Lastly you should take the car for a drive and check it out for yourself. Be sure to run through the entire process of the car and check out everything. If there are any problems that you find then you have a bargaining chip when it comes to the price. This will also give you a good idea of whether or not the seller is being totally honest about the car.