It has been said that a car is the second most valuable purchase a person makes in a lifetime. It also applies when buying a second-hand car. Purchasing a used car is more complicated than acquiring a new one.
It is given that you will check the physical aspect of the car, but the full DVLA mot check is as important when buying a second-hand car. This is to prevent you from getting a vehicle that has been damaged, stolen, or illegally modified. If there is something wrong with your used car, you may have a legal claim to a repair, the cost of a repair or replacement, or some or a full refund.
Check the Car’s History
Checking your car’s history will lessen your possibilities of buying a vehicle that is being marketed illegally or has had significant repairs. You can also find out if the current owner still owes money on the car.
It doesn’t take long or cost much. You should consider doing this no matter who you buy from.
Ask the seller for the car’s registration number (on the number plate), MOT test number, mileage, make and model. If some of the pieces of information do not match, clarify with the seller. Do not be shy when asking details about the car you are about to purchase. But if you are skeptical that the seller gave you bogus information, then do not buy the car. Vehicles need regular MOT tests to make sure they’re safe for the road. Do not continue with the deal if you are in doubt about the MOT history. A car might not have required an MOT if it was unused for a while and was registered as SORN (statutory off road notification).
Make Sure a Dealer Is Honest
If you’re buying from a dealer, look for a well-established firm with a solid reputation, and whose cars have been inspected by an independent engineer or motoring organization.
Test Drive the Car
The best way to know if it is the right one for you is to test drive the car. Try breaking it in at 40 to 50kph and step on the brake firmly, yet comfortably. Any shaking from the brake pedal implies there must be a problem on the brake rotors or requires new pads. If the car moves as you brake, this could also be a manifestation of worn steering components or faulty brake calipers. Drive the vehicle for at least 15 to 20 minutes on various types of roads, and feel the response of the car to every bump and turn for any unusual movements.