Advise on buying a used car.

JamesZero

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I just passed my driving test the other day (bit late in life I know!) and I'm looking to buy a second hand car.

I have one or two I want to go view and take for a test drive but I just want advise on anything I should be looking out for? Lets say it's from a reputable dealership and I do a history check on the number plate should I be good to go? Or is there anything else I need to look out for?
 

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History check on the plates would be a good look. Especially if it's not from a branded dealership. Also check under the car for rust etc, if you are buying privately. Well done for passing your test too!
 

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whats your budget? dont rush into getting the first car u see. always try knock them down on the price, start off really low, then they will offer it for a little more, but if they do accept a lower offer make sure you get a warranty. it could have a dodgy MOT and 20 miles down the road all sorts could start falling off. take it to a garage straight away and get a part service to make sure theres nothing wrong with it.

good luck.

post pics of u in ya ride.
xx
 

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Cool, yea I did see something about VIN numbers. I will also run a history check, I have seen a site that does it for £19 or something.

I'm thinking about going to check this out and test drive it, looks pretty good for the low mileage, what do you think?

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classif...es/postcode/sm67gh/page/2/radius/10?logcode=p

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whats your budget? dont rush into getting the first car u see. always try knock them down on the price, start off really low, then they will offer it for a little more, but if they do accept a lower offer make sure you get a warranty. it could have a dodgy MOT and 20 miles down the road all sorts could start falling off. take it to a garage straight away and get a part service to make sure theres nothing wrong with it.

good luck.

post pics of u in ya ride.
xx
My budget is about 3k, the car above comes with a 3 month warranty and has had a recent service.
 

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make sure you save enough money for the insurance mind i expect that will be £1k+

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dont go for a polo though, go for a golf if your into VWs
 

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Take some with you who knows what theyre talkin about, dont go there pretending cos you will get caught out.

either that or just chuck a local mechanic a tenner to go look it over for you...

and most importantly.. german or jap
french cars are fuckin useless...

VW's are the best imo

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i just saw you posted a picture of a polo..
dont use autotrader/pistonheads... fuckin hopeless full of boyracers/timewasters

www.edition38.com/forums

its a vw forum, ive bought all of my vw's from there!

thats the best place to pick up a car that hasnt been ragged about buy some dick head.
 
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dude, just message me the reg n ill do a history check for ya

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oh and i wouldnt buy a golf from autotrader.... it will just be an old boy racer car thats had the shit beaten out of it a good few times...
 

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Freek, much apprecited man!

I'm not set on getting a polo, or a VW for that matter, it's just a car that I happened to see that looked good for the price. Any other recommendations would be great.
 

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Might be worth getting an hpi check done on the reg. Checks finance records and shit - if the person before you bought it on finance you don't want to be inheriting that debt! It also checks the potential chop shop biznizz etc
 

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Just buy Japanese, a little bit extra for a decent/legit 2nd hand one, but trust me its worth it in insurance/servicing/maintenence etc costs in the long run...

Get a Honda.

Anything midrange with as low mileage as you can afford.

Always check what deals the dealer garages can do you before you buy private & haggle the fuck out of them, if they know you got money to spend & it might come their wy you'd be surprised how far they'll stretch...

Failing that...

Grow up.

xxx
 

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I agreee with Moskit..a Honda Jazz 1.1l diesel try to spend half of what you said. its your first car . You are going to prang it. But you don't want a brakes failue or worse to be stranded . Don't bother pimping it, its gonna get trashed. In fact maybe aim lower..go fo a 1 lte Nissan Mica o something. Keep the money and then when you stopped diving it like a dog(d)em then get a Honda Civic 1.7TDi mine did hit 150,000 on clock befoe it stated to show its age, - had three epairs :- Altenator ( went aound 130,000 mark)...( cost £400 with a non honda part)......Lambda probe (1oo quid)....(100,000) and tank flush (150 quid I think not sure now....(20,000)-that was fom filling up fom an empty undegound tank and some gunk got in my ca...of couse texaco denied it.
 

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vauxhall. parts are very easy to come by, good value for money, not as reliable as a japanese car in general but any car can fuck up at anytime. if i was you i wouldnt spend 3k on a first car. spend half that, get a warranty, spend a little bit getting it checked and spruced up a little, and drive it for a year with no worries if u scratch or knock it.
 

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vauxhall. parts are very easy to come by, good value for money, not as reliable as a japanese car in general but any car can fuck up at anytime. if i was you i wouldnt spend 3k on a first car. spend half that, get a warranty, spend a little bit getting it checked and spruced up a little, and drive it for a year with no worries if u scratch or knock it.
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