If you’re thinking about purchasing a second-hand car, help is at hand. There are loads of used cars for sale Midlands and what’s more is that there are many reputable dealers to buy a vehicle from. A growing number of drivers are deciding to sidestep brand new cars in favour of second-hand vehicles. There are many good reasons for this. One of the most commonly-cited reasons for going second-hand is that you’ll get protection from the Sales of Goods Act when you do so. The Act makes it much easier to return a car if you later find a fault you should have been told about before.

The risks of buying from a private seller

You won’t get this kind of valuable legal protection if you buy from a private seller. Whilst some sellers are undoubtedly co-operative, a private seller could claim they told you about the fault when they didn’t, leaving you stuck with a faulty car you may not be able to use at all after you’ve paid out hundreds or even thousands.

Should I run a check?

Before you hand over your cash, you should always ask as many questions as you need to and examine all the relevant paperwork with care. You’ll need to make sure the car has been taken in for servicing regularly and that the person or dealer selling you the car is named on the documents. View the car in dry and light conditions where faults cannot be hidden, and go for a test drive so you can see how the car handles. Don’t forget to perform an emergency stop. You may also wish to run a history check. This will tell you whether the car has ever been in a crash or reported stolen.

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