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Top tips for vehicle buying – the dos and the don’ts

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We pick up some top tips from David Bilsborough, of Cheshire Cars in Crewe, who’s provided the following advice when deciding whether or not to invest in a second-hand vehicle.

These tips should help you to stay reasonably safe and secure when making sure the vehicle you choose is genuine.

 

DO…

– Check the vehicle’s Vehicle Identity Number (or VIN for short) that it’s correctly positioned and unmarked, and that it matches up to that inside the Registration Document (V5)

– Look for the vehicle’s service record, making sure the dates and mileages tally up

– Check on the Gov.co.uk website for the vehicle’s MOT history – this will show the previous MOTs and any work done plus any future potential work to be done

– Complete your own inspection with either HPI, or similar providence check, for: accident write-off, outstanding finance, any mileage discrepancy

– If not confident, ask for someone to come along with you with the relevant experience, as a back up to check what you see and are told by the seller

– Ask questions of the seller (such as the reason for sale and how long they have owned the vehicle)

– Pay for an independent inspection if the seller hasn’t already had one carried out, only accept written proof of one having being completed

– Take a long test drive using a mixture of slow and fast roads with different surfaces

 

DON’T…

– Don’t be rushed take your time in making a decision

– Don’t take “I think so” as evidence of a spare key or missing service history

– Don’t take the answer “no, it’s not been a write-off” – use the companies that specialise in data to confirm that it isn’t

– Don’t be afraid to say “no” and walk away

 

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