Used Car Buying Guide

Used Car Buying Guide

Checks Before Buying A Used Car

  • Hpi Check
    • First of all it is very important to perform a Hpi Check. This will cost you £20 from www.hpicheck.com In the long run this £20 would probably the best investment you'd make.
  • Exterior checks
    • Check the bodywork for a consistent paint finish
    • Check the doors and the boot open and close smoothly
    • Make sure the gaps between the panels are the same width
    • Bubbling paintwork indicates rust and is most common
    • Check the car's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for signs of tampering
    • Check the tyres and the spare wheel with a tread depth gauge
    • Make sure the tyres have even wear
  • Under the bonnet
    • Check the car's VIN is the same as recorded in the logbook
    • Check for oil, water or other fluid leaks
    • Remove the engine oil dipstick
  • Inside the car
    • The mileage on the odometer inside the speedometer
    • Check wear on the seats and steering
    • Check the VIN for signs of tampering
    • Make sure everything works