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Buying a used car can be terribly stressful, especially if you haven’t done your homework. Perhaps your current motor has made its final pitstop and is taking the highway to motoring heaven, or maybe you just fancy a change. Either way, check out these top tips from Carwise of Epping, Essex.

Get your finances in order first.

This is a huge factor from the start. You may want to pay cash, in which case, look at cars for that budget. But if you are looking to purchase the vehicle using a finance package or a loan, consider the monthly repayments and the interest rates charged for that period. A deposit is usually required to secure the car if finance is going to be used, so also bear that in mind too.

Keep on top of used car market prices.

This helps you to know if you are getting a good price for the car you want. Prices should also reflect the condition of the vehicle, mileage, service history and how many owners the vehicle has had which helps you to ascertain if you have got a bargain. It also may benefit you long term if you want to sell the car on at a later date.

Check all paperwork thoroughly.

Paperwork is essential. The most important document you need to check when buying a secondhand car is the V5C, also known as the registration document or log book. Make sure the make and model of the car you’re buying matches that on the V5, as well as the number plate.

A full history check can tell you if the car has been stolen, failed its MOT, has any outstanding finance, and if there is any mileage discrepancy.

Inspect the car carefully in daylight and good weather.

Rain on paintwork can hide a multitude of sins, as will streetlamps or torchlight, so try and look at cars in good weather, and definitely inspect them in daylight. Take your time to look over every panel, and all the trim surfaces inside.

Take a thorough test drive.

Does the vehicle start okay, is the temperature gauge sitting somewhere in the middle, how does the engine sound, are the brakes sharp and responsive, does the clutch feel right…and, most importantly, do you like driving it?

If you are looking to buy a used car, please do contact or visit Instagram @carwise_uk or FB @carwiseuk for a fab selection.

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