The vast majority of us, at some point in our lives, will have to buy a used car. Be it your first motor or your four crusader, spending your hard earned pounds on something somebody has owned before you is always a risk. That said, it’s not hard to find a decent little car for the money you want out there on the secondhand market. Buying from a garage can also give you great confidence, but beware!
Regardless of its source, make sure you give the car a good going over. Check online for major faults and if you don’t really know what you are doing take someone with you who does. Always take a test drive. Treat the car a little harsher than you would normally in a bid to unearth any issues. A key thing to do is to check the description, and MAKE SURE it matches the car you are buying. Some garages list equipment in the car that isn’t there because they presume the last owner has not removed it. Let me tell you from personal experience that once the sale has been agreed on a car, the bloke from the garage couldn’t care less about missing equipment. If you don’t spot it they are not bothered.
Buying a car is a large investment for the majority so be careful. You wouldn’t buy a house if it was missing its windows would you?