YB
BannerBanner

what to look for when buying a second hand car?

Author
Manimal
Pro-Member
  • Total Posts : 1964
  • Reward points: 10818
  • Joined: 2004/03/23 22:05:06
  • Location: Wales
  • Status: offline
2005/08/02 21:01:36 (permalink)
0

what to look for when buying a second hand car?

hi guys. just wondering, i've seen a few cars that i want to buy via private sale, they have MOT and Tax for at least 5 months each. What else should i look for - rust, service history - anything else?

thanks

Manimal!
#1

6 Replies Related Threads

    RudeboyR
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 950
    • Reward points: 2534
    • Joined: 2005/02/27 21:25:25
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:03:28 (permalink)
    0
    Correct papers. Strange noise/smells. Smoke. even Tire wear. Check for accident damage.

    What cars were they so we can give more specific advice.
    #2
    Stone
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 13898
    • Reward points: 8025
    • Joined: 2004/12/01 17:14:28
    • Location: Big E. Alberta.
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:03:51 (permalink)
    0
    what type of car is it?

    Hazard a touch of narcissism without shame.
    There is no room for junk food in any diet whatsoever, leave the junk in the bin.
    #3
    Moony
    Senior Member
    • Total Posts : 218
    • Reward points: 12090
    • Joined: 2002/03/31 09:04:14
    • Location: Wales
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:04:10 (permalink)
    0
    loads of stuff - dodgy paint work, see if the panels line up properly, wining noises, milky oil under oil cap, knocking noises on full lock or when steerings turning, jack it up and grab the wheel and move it to see if theres any play etc etc. do a search on any search engines and you`ll come up with some info mate.
    #4
    Manimal
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1964
    • Reward points: 10818
    • Joined: 2004/03/23 22:05:06
    • Location: Wales
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:06:02 (permalink)
    0
    erm, the first one is an M reg ford Escort. Only £750 but really nice, seems like a proper bargin. the other one was a Megane, L reg,
    #5
    Rob18
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1152
    • Reward points: 2266
    • Joined: 2005/07/11 17:51:29
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:08:49 (permalink)
    0
    id say go on the specific car members club and ask what to check out, they will give you good info
    #6
    scottishstu
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1674
    • Reward points: 2388
    • Joined: 2005/05/11 19:46:27
    • Status: offline
    RE: what to look for when buying a second hand car? 2005/08/02 21:12:59 (permalink)
    0
    i got stung fighting a 2 yr battle over a private sell used car.

    it had a irish plate , hence hard to tell the yr.
    the vin plate under bonnet tells the year eg 89, 90.

    the uk owner took it to ireland, got irish plate, but put down wrong yr.

    then it came to uk, and so the british dvla trusted the irish dvla.

    now 3 uk owners bought it with the wrong yr on logbook.I found out and could not sell it as a newer car.

    i sold it as a loss.
    the dvla said each owner has a legal right to disclose yr of manufacture./

    Ultimately it was the first person that took it to Ireland that was at fault, no the DVLA.
    post edited by scottishstu - 2005/08/02 21:14:12
    #7
    Jump to:
    ©2018 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited.
    (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | earnings disclaimer | contact us | supported by)
    © 2018 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5