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Ineriors
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car dos and don&s
B!%ing a !sed car
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Ja"on)" $"ed ca!
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Ja"on)" #op *0 $"ed
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B$(ing a $"ed ca!
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B$(ing a $"ed ca!
The#e a#e $me g#ea% &$ed ca#$ a#&nd and *& can $a'e *&#$elf a $mall f#%&ne cm!a#ed (i%h b&*ing
a ne( ne if *& fll( a fe( $im!le #&le$.
Decide &ha# (o$ need and "#ick #o i#!
Wi%h %he ca$h (# %he lan) b&#ning a hle in *&# !cke% i%-$ ea$* % #&$h &% and b&* %he fi#$% ca# in *&# !#ice
#ange, $ be hne$% (i%h *&#$elf ab&% (ha% *& (an% %he ca# % d + (ill *& c'e# a high mileage, (h and (ha%
d *& need % ca##* (i$ a big b% e$$en%ial?), (he#e can *& ge% i% $e#'iced and #e!ai#ed? When *&-'e had a
gd %hink *& $h&ld d#a( &! a $h#% li$% f !$$ible make$ and mdel$ %ha% $&i% *&# need$... and %hen $%ick % i%!
Ho& m$ch "ho$ld (o$ "pend?
In $im!le %e#m$, a$ m&ch a$ *& can cmf#%abl* aff#d. S #emembe# % fac%# in %he c$% f in$&#ance (ge% a
"&%e dn-% g&e$$ i%), #ad %a), a% lea$% ne $e#'ice !e# *ea#, lan #e!a*men%$ and *&# f&el c$%$. Ideall*, lea'e
a bi% f $!a#e ca$h in %he !% % c'e# &ne)!ec%ed bill$ # be%%e# $%ill ge% a ca# (i%h a decen% (a##an%*. M$% ca#$
&nde# 3-*ea#$-ld (ill $%ill be c'e#ed b* %he man&fac%&#e#-$ (a##an%* and lde# ca#$ b&gh% f#m #e!&%able
ga#age$ can cme (i%h a %! n%ch (a##an%* %ha% can hel! *& a'id a na$%* bill if $me%hing ge$ (#ng.
Whe!e "ho$ld (o$ b$(?
I #emembe# being %ld man* *ea#$ ag %ha% ,nice !e!le $ell nice ca#$- and i% ha$ f%en been !#'ed % be %#&e.
B&*ing !#i'a%el* can be %em!%ing b&% *& c&ld j&$% be b&*ing $mebd* el$e-$ !#blem$ and if *& ge% e'en %he
$ligh%e$% $en$e %he* a#e ddg*, (alk a(a*. B&*ing f#m a deale# ma*, n %he face f i%, be a %ad m#e e)!en$i'e
b&% *& d ge% be%%e# legal !#%ec%in if %he ca# i$ n% (ha% i% $eem$ and *& $h&ld ge% a (a##an%* a$ (ell.
Ch$ing a f#anchi$ed deale# gi'e$ *& %he m$% #ea$$&#ance f all a$ %he* ha'e $!ecific $%anda#d$ %ha% %he*
(ill adhe#e %, ne f (hich i$ a !#'enance check. Thi$ check make$ $&#e %ha% %he ca# i$ clea# f an* &%$%anding
finance and %ha% %he mileage $h(n n %he clck i$ c##ec%. I% al$ make$ $&#e %he ca# ha$ n% been in a $e#i&$
acciden%, $me%hing n% al(a*$ ea$* % $!% j&$% b* lking a% a ca#. Y& can !a* f# a !#'enance check like
%hi$ *&#$elf if *& a#e b&*ing !#i'a%el*, b&% (i%h %he f#anchi$ed deale# ding %hi$ a$ !a#% f %hei# !#e!a#a%in
$%anda#d$ *& (ill be $a'ing *&#$elf %ime and mne*.
Ho& can I check if #he ca! i" oka(?
If *&# mechanical abili%* #&n$ &% a% changing a !l&g n *&# ke%%le %hen ge% $mene in %he kn( % check %he
ca# 'e# (i%h *&. Y& can &$e m* ,&$ed ca# "&ick check- % kee! *& n %#ack b* making a n%e f $me f %he m$%
im!#%an% bi%$. If *& a#e lking a% m#e %han ne ca# i%-$ ea$* % f#ge% %he de%ail$ and %ha% can be c$%l* $ (#i%e
%hem d(n and kee! %hem $afe.
F#anchi$ed deale#$ (ill ha!!il* $h( *& %he checkli$% %ha% %he* &$e f# e'e#* &$ed ca# %he* $ell and e'en %he !#e-
$ale #e!#% f# %he !a#%ic&la# ca# *& a#e in%e#e$%ed in.
B$(ing a $"ed ca!.
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Cn%en%$ B&*ing a &$ed ca#
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Taking a %e$% d#i'e.
If +he *e##e) * ,%.##%g +& #e+ 0&, +)0 bef&)e 0&, b,0 +he% .a#" a.a0. Cha%ce* a)e +he0 a)e +)0%g +& hde *&$e+h%g.
If 0&, b,0 f)&$ a% a,c+&% +he% a +e*+ d)-e .## ')&bab#0 be $'&**b#e a%d f 0&, b,0 ')-a+e#0 0&, .## %eed +&
$a"e *,)e 0&, a))a%ge %*,)a%ce bef&)e 0&, +a"e +& +he )&ad. If 0&, a)e b,0%g +h)&,gh a f)a%ch*ed dea#e) +he%
+he0 .## be ab#e +& c&-e) 0&, &% +he) %*,)a%ce .hch ca% *a-e a #&+ &f +$e, ha**#e a%d '&+e%+a# e/'e%*e.
Wh#*+ +he +e*+ d)-e * a g)ea+ .a0 &f decd%g f 0&, #"e a ca) + * a#*& 0&,) cha%ce +& *'&+ a%0 fa,#+* .+h + *& +a"e
0&,) +$e a%d be &b!ec+-e. Re$e$be) +& %&+e d&.% a%0 fa,#+* 0&, *'&+ a%d a*" f&) +he$ +& be ',+ )gh+ bef&)e 0&,
b,0 &) ,*e +he$ a* %eg&+a+%g ch'* .he% + c&$e* +& ag)ee%g a ')ce.
Neg%ia%ing a deal.
M&*+ *e##e)* a)e &'e% +& a b+ &f %eg&+a+&% b,+ d& %&+ fa## %+& +he +)a' &f #&*%g 0&,) d)ea$ ca) !,*+ beca,*e +he
*e##e) .&%4+ b,dge a%&+he) 150 &% ')ce! I+* be*+ +& f&c,* &% e/ac+#0 .ha+ 0&, .a%+ +& be %c#,ded % +he dea# *& be
')ec*e ab&,+ .ha+ 0&, e/'ec+. A %e. MOT a%d a *e)-ce %c#,ded % +he ')ce %&+ &%#0 *.ee+e% +he dea# b,+ a#*&
*a-e* 0&, #&+* &f ha**#e a%d e/'e%*e % a fe. $&%+h*4 +$e.
If 0&, ha-e a ca) +& 'a)+ e/cha%ge a#.a0* f&c,* &% 3+he ba#a%ce +& cha%ge4 , .hch * +he a$&,%+ +ha+ 0&, ha-e +&
'a0 '#,* 0&,) c,))e%+ ca) +& ge+ +he &%e be%g &ffe)ed f&) *a#e.
A%d a#.a0* +)0 +& ge+ +he be*+ .a))a%+0 +ha+ 0&, ca% %c#,ded % +he ')ce +ha+ 0&, 'a0. N&+ &%#0 d&e* + g-e 0&,
'eace &f $%d b,+ + he#'* 0&, b,dge+ b0 a-&d%g a%0 ,%e/'ec+ed )e'a) b##*.
B&*ing a &$ed ca#.
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Cn%en%$ B&)ing a &$ed ca#
B&)ing a &$ed ca#
(Cn%in&ed)
Ja$n*$ &$ed ca#
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In%e#i#$
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E(%e#i#$
Ja$n*$ %!
%e$% d#i'e %i!$
Ja$n*$ %! +0 &$ed
ca# d$ and dn*%$
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+. Check &ha& &he "e$%! %ellig &he ca$ i% e&i&led &!
d! %!. S!me "$i(a&e %elle$% a$e !& &he (ehicle/%
$egi%&e$ed kee"e$ ad &hi% %h!'ld $ig ala$m bell%.
2. Take a &e%& d$i(e - ca$% b!'gh& a& a'c&i! ca
$a$el+ be d$i(e bef!$e +!' b'+ makig i& a
"!&e&iall+ $i%k+ deci%i! f!$ &he !(ice b'+e$.
3. Sh!" a$!'d f!$ &he be%& i%'$ace #'!&e%.
4. Take a f$ied !$ e*"e$& )i&h +!' f!$ m!$al ad
&echical %'""!$&.
5. B'+ a ca$ )i&h &he be%& )a$$a&+ "!%%ible -
i& ca %a(e +!' a f!$&'e i &he l!g $'.
6. Al)a+% ge& &he ca$/% hi%&!$+ checked &! (e$if+
mileage, !'&%&adig fiace, accide& damage
ad "!lice i&e$e%&.
7. Talk &! c'$$e& !)e$% !$ e(e j!i a !)e$%
cl'b bef!$e +!' ch!!%e a ce$&ai make !$
m!del - &he%e "e!"le ha(e al$ead+ %"e& &hei$
!) ca%h ! a ca$ ad )ill gi(e +!' h!e%&
ad(ice, .)a$&% ad all/ ab!'& &he ca$ +!' fac+.
8. Ge& a $ecei"& f!$ a+ de"!%i& +!' lea(e.
9. A%k f!$ a di%c!'& b'& d! !& ge& %! fi*a&ed
! "$ice &ha& +!' l!%e a g$ea& ca$ f!$ &he %ake
!f ,50!
+0. B'+ a ca$ &ha& +!' like - life/% &!! %h!$& &! d$i(e
d'll ca$%!
Dn*%$
+. B'+ a ca$ i &he )e& !$ da$k - i& ca hide a
m'l&i&'de !f b!d+)!$k fa'l&% !$ damage.
2. Be "'& !ff b+ a high mileage ca$ "$!(ided i&
ha% bee %e$(iced $eg'la$l+ - i& ca %a(e +!'
l!&% !f m!e+. M!&!$)a+ mile% a$e "$e&&+ ea%+
! a ca$/% mechaical% %! a $ea%!abl+ e),
high mileage ca$ ca be a g$ea& b'+.
3. Ca$$+ la$ge am!'&% !f ca%h )i&h +!' - ,250
%h!'ld be e!'gh $ega$dle%% !f &he ca$/% "$ice.
4. Ag$ee &! mee& a %elle$ i a la+-b+, m!&!$)a+
%e$(ice% !$ !ffice ca$ "a$k. If +!' d! !& k!)
)he$e &he+ $eall+ li(e +!' c!'ld be %'bjec& &!
a %camme$ %cheme.
5. B'+ a ca$ &ha& +!' ca!& aff!$d - i& ma+ %!'d
!b(i!'% b'& i& i% a c!mm! mi%&ake ad ha(ig
&! %ell i& #'ickl+ ca be a "aif'l e*"e$iece.
6. Belie(e e(e$+&hig +!' $ead i &he "$e%% -
%!me $!ad &e%&e$% %"ed a h!'$ )i&h &he ca$,
+!' c!'ld be !)ig i& f!$ +ea$%.
7. Ge& fi*a&ed ! f'el ec!!m+ if +!' c!(e$ (e$+
l!) mileage - die%el ca$% c!%& m!$e &ha "e&$!l
!e% &! b'+ ad +!' ma+ e(e$ $ec!(e$ &ha&
e*&$a %"ed if +!' !l+ d! 000 mile% a )eek.
8. Be af$aid &! &$a(el. The be%& ca$% a$e !& al)a+%
! +!'$ d!!$ %&e" ad %!me ga$age% a$e e(e
ha""+ &! ge& !e b$!'gh& &! +!'.
9. B'+ a ca$ )i&h ! MOT. E(e ca$% )i&h a fe)
m!&h%/ MOT ca %!! bec!me a e*"e%i(e
m!e+ "i&. If &he ca$ ha% le%% &ha 6 m!&h%/
MOT a%k f!$ a e) !e a% "a$& !f &he deal.
+0. Be af$aid &! )alk a)a+. If +!' a$e !& ha""+ )i&h
&he ca$, &he %elle$ !$ &he deal gi(e +!'$%elf %!me
&ime &! &hik ab!'& i&.
Ja$n*$ %! +0 &$ed ca# d$ and dn*%$.
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Cn%en%$ B&)ing a &$ed ca#
B&)ing a &$ed ca#
(Cn%in&ed)
Ja$n*$ %! 10 &$ed
ca# d$ and dn*%$
Ja$n*$ &$ed ca#
"&ick check
Wha% % lk f#:
In%e#i#$
Wha% % lk f#:
E(%e#i#$
Ja$n*$ %!
%e$% d#i'e %i!$
+. S"a" "he ca %i"h "he %indo%! do%n and "he
bonne" #p !o 'o# can li!"en o#" fo an'
mechanical na!"ie! %hen "he engine fi!" !"a"!.
2. Check all "he ga#ge! %ok ( "he' !ho#ld all
be !ho%ing cold %hen 'o# fi!" !"a" "he ca;
if "he' do no" "hen "he ca ha! been %amed
#p alead' ( po!!ibl' "'ing "o hide a fa#l".
3. Ge" comfo"able in "he ca befoe 'o# di$e off.
Adj#!"ing "he !ea" can be dangeo#! %hen 'o#
ae on "he mo$e!
4. Di$e "he ca %i"h e!pec" ( 'o# do no" o%n
i" 'e" and no !elle like! "hei pide and jo' "o
be "ha!hed.
5. Check "he bake! p#ll "he ca #p in a !"aigh" line
b' e!"ing 'o# hand! ligh"l' on "he !"eeing %heel
and pe!!ing "he pedal fiml'.
6. Check "he cl#"ch i! good b' p#lling a%a' in
3d gea ( e&plain "o "he !elle %ha" 'o# in"end
"o do fi!" "ho#gh! If "he ca !"all! "hen "he
cl#"ch i! good, a %on cl#"ch %ill )ide* and !"a"
"o !mell bad.
7. Make !#e 'o# di$e fa eno#gh "o ge" "he ca
%amed #p; +5 min#"e! !ho#ld be eno#gh.
8. Di$e "he ca on "he kind of oad! 'o# %ill be
#!ing i" on if 'o# b#' i"; if 'o# !pend 'o# life
in "o%n "hen !"a' in "o%n !o 'o# can ge" a feel
fo "he !"eeing, cl#"ch and bake!.
9. T' paking "he ca. Yo# %ill ha$e "o do i" a"
!ome poin" and no% i! "he "ime "o find o#" ho%
ea!' i" i! going "o be!
+0. Af"e "he "e!" di$e le" "he ca #n a" idle and
check #nde "he bonne" fo an' !ign! of %a"e
o oil leak! "ha" ma' ha$e appeaed once "he
engine ha! been %amed #p.
Ja$n*$ %! %e$% d#i'e %i!$.
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C"!'e!'& B(,i!g a (&ed ca%
B(,i!g a (&ed ca%
(C"!'i!(ed)
Ja&"!-& '"# .0 (&ed
ca% d"& a!d d"!-'&
Ja&"!-& '"#
'e&' d%i)e 'i#&
Ja&"!-& (&ed ca%
$(ick check
Wha' '" l""k f"%:
I!'e%i"%&
Wha' '" l""k f"%:
E+'e%i"%&
.. Wi!d&c%ee! a!d Le!&e&: Check for stone chips
and cracks.
2. C"l"(%&: Metallic paint is more resistant to light
scratches, "hilst solid dark colors mark easil$.
3. D""%&: 3-door models look more sport$ and are
sall$ cheaper bt 5-doors are more practical.
4. E+ha(&': Listen for blo"ing or rattles, a sign
the catal$tic con!ertor is abot to fail.
5. B(#e%&: Color-coded bmpers look great
bt can be e#pensi!e to paint if damaged.
6. T,%e&: Matching t$res sho" that the crrent o"ner
is prepared to spend mone$.
7. B"d,*"%k: Look along the sides for car parking
dents.
8. Wheel&: Check for scffs and damage.
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C#"(e"(' B)-i"g a )'ed ca&
B)-i"g a )'ed ca&
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Ja'#".' (#$ /0 )'ed
ca& d#' a"d d#".('
Ja'#".' (#$
(e'( d&i*e (i$'
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%)ick check
Wha( (# ##k f#&:
I"(e&i#&'
/. S(e&e#: Check that it orks%, some s"stems ma"
also need a code if disconnected from the batter".
2. Mieage: Check that it matches the service histor".
3. S(ak' a"d b)((#"': Check that ever"thing orks
before "ou take the test drive.
4. Ai& c#"di(i#"i"g: A desirable option but make
sure it orks b" sitching it from hot to cold.
5. Peda' a"d '(ee&i"g +hee: Worn pedal covers
and a shin" steering heel can be a clue to a high
mileage car that has been $clocked%.
6. Sea(' a"d (&i!: Look for tears, burns and signs of
ear # all can be e!pensive to put right.
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Con#en#" B$(ing a $"ed ca!
B$(ing a $"ed ca!
(Con#in$ed)
Ja"on)" #op *0 $"ed
ca! do" and don)#"
Ja"on)" #op
#e"# d!i%e #ip"
Wha# #o look fo!:
E'#e!io!"
Wha# #o look fo!:
In#e!io!"
Ja"on)" $"ed ca!
$ick check
Selle!)" de#ail"
Na!e: C#"(ac( ")!be&:
Ca! de#ail"
Make: M#de: Regi'(&a(i#" ")!be&:
Yea&: Mieage: A'ki"g $&ice:
C##)&: E%)i$!e"(:
Good bi#" (f#& e,a!$e: CD $a-e&, ai& c#"di(i#"i"g, $#+e& '(ee&i"g)
No# "o good bi#" (f#& e,a!$e, $&ice, !ieage c##)&)
E'#e!io! condi#ion
B)!$e&': D##&':
B#""e(: B##(:
Wi"d'c&ee": Wi"d#+':
Whee': T-&e':
In#e!io! condi#ion
Sea(': Ca&$e(':
S(e&e#:
Mechanical
E"gi"e: Gea&b#,:
B&ake': E,ha)'(:
Eec(&ic' ('+i(che' a"d igh('):
Pape!&o!k
Ta, e,$i&e': MOT e,$i&e': (!i"i!)! #f 6 !#"(h' &e!ai"i"g)
Se&*ice hi'(#&-: Ye' N# Da(e #f a'( 'e&*ice:
Regi'(&a(i#" d#c)!e"( checked: Ye' N# I"')&a"ce %)#(e:
S$a&e ke-': Ye' N# P&ice #ffe&ed:
Ja"on)" $"ed ca! $ick check.
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